The Executive Council of the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON) met at the IAEA Environment Laboratories in Monaco, 19-20 November, to discuss the development of ocean acidification data synthesis products. The meeting was supported by the IAEA Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC).
The group agreed on developing as a first step a central site for products of the variability in ocean acidification (primarily carbonate mineral saturation states and pH) across a range of temporal and spatial scales, including: (1) decadal trends in pH and aragonite saturation state from long-term time series sites, 2) seasonal changes in pH and aragonite saturation state at the growing number of observing sites in recent years (moored and ship-based time series), and (3) global distributions focussed initially on aragonite saturation state of the kind produced by Jiang et al (2015).
The Executive Council also discussed planning of the Third GOA-ON Science Workshop to be held in Hobart, Australia, 8-10 May 2016. The workshop will follow the Fourth Symposium on the Ocean in a High CO2 World in Hobart. The two meetings are a significant opportunity to bring together the international community to further the development of regional collaborations, data products, and closer integration of key biological variables into GOA-ON.
Recent advances with regards to a GOA-ON Data Portal following an expert meeting organized by the OA-ICC in June were also discussed.