Oral presentation: “The Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON)”, 2015 Aquatic Sciences Meeting, 22-27 February 2015, Granada, Spain

Date, time & location: 25 February 2015, 08.45, Andalucia 1

The Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON) aims to serve scientific and policy needs for coordinated, worldwide information on ocean acidification (OA) and its ecological impacts. The scientific need is for large-scale, long-term data to improve understanding of relevant processes, assist in the design and interpretation of experimental studies, and thereby improve predictive skills. The policy need is for robust evidence on ocean acidification and its worldwide impacts to inform appropriate management action at national and international levels.

The three goals of GOA-ON are 1) to improve understanding of global OA conditions; 2) improve understanding of ecosystem response to OA; and 3) acquire and exchange the data and knowledge necessary to optimize the modeling of OA and its impacts. The design and foundation of GOA-ON involved over a hundred workshop participants from over 30 nations. The GOA-ON “Requirements and Governance Plan” is available on the GOA-ON website, http://www.goa-on.org/, which also hosts an interactive map of global OA observing activities, providing a tangible means for increasing awareness and coordination as well as access to OA data being collected around the globe.


Newton J. A., University of Washington, USA, janewton(at)uw.edu

Jewett E. B., NOAA, USA, libby.jewett(at)noaa.gov

Williamson P., University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, P.Williamson(at)uea.ac.uk

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