IAEA INT7019 Task Force Meeting on the Development and Standardization of Methodology, 12-14 October, Monaco

_jlt7631The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) convened an expert meeting on the development of simplified methodology and ocean acidification research kits from 12-14 October 2016 at the IAEA Environment Laboratories in Monaco. The meeting was organized in the framework of the IAEA Technical Cooperation project “Supporting a Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network – towards Increased Involvement of Developing States” (INT7019).

The overall goal of the meeting was to advance discussions on the development of simplified methodology and ocean acidification starter “kits” (both observing and experimental), in particular for research institutes entering the ocean acidification field and with limited infrastructure and capacities.

More specifically meeting discussions centered on six main topics:

  • Development of a questionnaire to assess capacities and needs in participating Member States of INT7019 and other nations/institutes concerned by ocean acidification and interested in initiating OA research.
  • Acceptable uncertainties in oceanic carbonate chemistry parameters, and how to estimate them.
  • Development of simplified methodology to measure total alkalinity and pH.
  • Development of “tool kits” for ocean acidification research (for both field and laboratory studies).
  • Data quality, data sharing, and training needs and possibilities.
  • Possibilities for collaboration and coordination with other international efforts.

Meeting participants:

Mr Douglas Connelly, University of Southampton, UK
Mr Andrew Dickson, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA
Mr Sam Dupont, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Ms Lina Hansson, OA-ICC / Radioecology Laboratory, IAEA Environment Laboratories, Monaco
Ms Alex Harper, NOAA Ocean Acidification Program, USA
Ms Kirsten Isensee, IOC-UNESCO
Mr Marc Metian, Radioecology Laboratory, IAEA Environment Laboratories, Monaco
Mr Mark Spalding, The Ocean Foundation, USA
Mr Maciej Telszewski, International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project (IOCCP)
Ms Alexis Valauri-Orton, The Ocean Foundation, USA
Mr Steve Widdicombe, Plymouth Marine Laboratory UK

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