The third U.S. Ocean Acidification Principal Investigators’ Meeting, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 9-11 June 2015

Ocean acidification (OA) is an important research focus both nationally and internationally.  While acidification of the oceans in response to rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations is now irrefutable, the details of the chemical, geological, and biological consequences of OA require much further study. Over the past 6 years, NSF and other US agencies have invested millions of dollars in ocean acidification research. As the numbers of OA projects and investigators have grown, it has become increasingly important to help build and strengthen scientific collaborations and discuss short- and long-term research priorities through a series of regular Principal Investigator (PI) meetings. This three-day meeting will bring together primarily NSF-funded investigators of the OA research community (other agency-funded PIs are welcome, as long as they have their own travel support) to share new scientific results and identify knowledge gaps and opportunities for collaborations that will accelerate OA research in the future. The primary goal of this PI meeting is to highlight important new findings coming out of agency-sponsored OA research and maximize exchange among PIs to share new ideas, build new collaborations, and discuss future research directions. The organizers of this meeting include members of the OCB Ocean Acidification Subcommittee and OCB Project Office staff.

This 3-day OA PI meeting will be immediately followed by a NOAA OA PI meeting on Friday, June 12th.  Those interested in attending the NOAA meeting should contact Erica Ombres (erica.h.ombres(at)noaa.gov) for more information.


Meeting Format

This meeting will be designed to maximize opportunities for PIs to present their most recent results (via posters and brief “AGU-style” talks) and also provide a summary of the current state of the science with overview talks. Each day of the meeting will begin with tutorials on broad OA themes that cut across time and space scales to set the stage for that day’s topical plenary sessions. Topical sessions will include an overview talk followed by ~4-5 focused 15-minute talks by members of the OA community and a ~30-minute open discussion period. The organizing committee is currently considering plenary session topics. A draft agenda will be posted soon. In the meantime, we welcome your input on plenary session topics.

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