Observatory for the study of OA in Cuba. First results and challenges for its sustainability (in Spanish) (text & video)

OA Week 2021, LAOCA (Latin America & Caribbean) Hub ​Session

Mr. Miguel Gomez Batista, Centro de Estudios Ambientales, Cuba


Cuban Observatory for the Study of Ocean Acidification was created in 2017 through International Collaboration Project financed by International Atomic Agency Technical Cooperation Department and National Science Project funded by Science Ministry of Cuba. The observatory has different sections dealing with the i) measurement of carbonate cycle variables (pH, AT) in seawater (Field and laboratory measurements), ii) use of natural archives to reconstruct temperature and pH profiles (historical trend) and iii) laboratory experiments to assess the effect of OA over local marine species. The main results of the observatory until date are linked with the report of carbon cycle variables at IODE web page as part of national compromise with SDG 14.3.1. Some challenges for regular functioning of the observatory are related with the access to Certified Reference Materials, the calibration and maintenance of in situ probes and networking collaboration at national and international level.

Ocean Acidification Week 2021 was sponsored by the following organizations:

(1) GOA-ON, the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network,

(2) NOAA, the United States National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration,

(3) IAEA OA-ICC, the International Atomic Energy Agency – Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre, and

(4) IOC-UNESCO – the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

For more information, please visit www.goa-on.org

GOA-ON, YouTube, 22 September 2021. Text and video.

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