Scientists learn how to monitor ocean acidification during IAEA training course

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Fifteen participants from three different IAEA Technical Cooperation projects met this week at the IAEA Environment Laboratories in Monaco to receive training on ocean acidification monitoring. Participants learned how to measure pH and total alkalinity using a set of simplified methodologies developed by The Ocean Foundation, the IAEA OA-ICC and experts in the field in the framework of the Global Ocean Acidification Observing network (GOA-ON). The training aimed to empower participants to start ocean acidification monitoring in their countries, report toward the UN Sustainable Development Goal 14.3.1 on ocean acidification, and, ultimately, to inspire mitigation and adaptation actions. The course included both lectures and practical sessions on carbonate chemistry, sampling design and data quality and assurance, as well as biological impacts, experimental design, and opportunities for international networking and collaboration.

Invited expert Dr Kim Currie, marine chemist with the New Zealand National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd (NIWA) and member of the GOA-ON Executive Council, stressed the importance of baseline ocean acidification data in different regions of

the world to improve understanding of local conditions and impacts on locally important organisms.

Participants were from the following IAEA Member States:

Antigua and Barbuda
Bangladesh
Barbados
Côte d’Ivoire
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ghana
Jamaica
Morocco
Papua New Guinea
South Africa
Thailand
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia

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