Meeting of the Biology Working Group of the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON), 10-11 October 2016, Monaco


The first in-person meeting of the Biology Working Group of the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON) took place from 10-11 October 2016 at the IAEA Environment Laboratories in Monaco, hosted by the OA-ICC. The meeting brought together 14 participants from 9 countries and was led by the co-chairs of the Working Group, Mr Sam Dupont (University of Gothenburg, Sweden) and Ms Kirsten Isensee (IOC-UNESCO, Paris, France).

The group identified 3 tasks:

(i) To provide a biologist’s view on an ocean acidification observing network. In particular, the group discussed the spatial and temporal resolution that is relevant for marine organisms and that would be required to make projections of biological impacts. The group wrote the outline of a manuscript entitled “Ensuring biologically relevant carbonate chemistry measurements within a global ocean acidification observing network”, planned for submission in early 2017.

(ii) To revisit the requirements of an ocean acidification biological monitoring program. The list of biological variables proposed in the GOA-ON “Requirements and Governance Plan” were discussed and a set of OA-specific and ecosystem independent variables were identified. The next task of the group will be to evaluate the potential of these variables using existing long term chemical and biological datasets. The outcome of this task will directly feed into the GOA-ON “Implementation Strategy”, currently in preparation, and a journal article (planned for 2018).

(iii) The third task aims at moving toward GOA-ON goal 3 and to develop a biological index allowing to link biogeochemical changes to ecosystem impacts. The group will start working on this task in 2017.

A follow-up in-person meeting is tentatively planned for next year at IOC-UNESCO in Paris.

Meeting participants:
  • Mr Piero Calosi, Département de Biologie, Chimie et Géographie, Université du Québec à Rimouski, Canada
  • Ms Kirsten Isensee, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission – Ocean Science Section, UNESCO, Paris, France
  • Ms Laura Falkenberg, Marine Biogeochemistry and Oceanography, Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), Bergen, Norway
  • Mr Maciej Telszewski, International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project (IOCCP), Institute of Oceanology of Polish Academy of Sciences, Sopot, Poland
  • Mr Sam Dupont, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences – Kristineberg, University of Gothenburg, Fiskebackskil, Sweden
  • Mr Yuri Artioli, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Plymouth, United Kingdom
  • Mr Steve Widdicombe, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Plymouth, United Kingdom
  • Mr Phil Williamson, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom
  • Ms Claudine Hauri, International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, United States of America
  • Mr Mark L. Wells, School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine, Orono, United States of America
  • Ms Jan Newton, College of the Environment, University of Washington, Seattle, United States of America
  • Mr Thomas A. Oliver, Ocean and Climate Change Team Lead, Coral Reef Ecosystems Division, Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, NOAA – Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, United States of America (by video conference)
  • Ms Lina Hansson, OA-ICC / Radioecology Laboratory, IAEA Environment Laboratories, Monaco
  • Mr Marc Metian, Radioecology Laboratory, IAEA Environment Laboratories, Monaco


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