Ocean Acidification Research for Sustainability (OARS) overview and community discussion – ocean lab (text & video)

OA Week 2021, Ocean Acidification Research for Sustainability (OARS) Overview and Community Discussion, a UN Decade Laboratory Satellite Activity

Dr. Jan Newton, University of Washington, USA

Dr. Steve Widdicombe, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK


In the summer of 2021, the UN Decade of Ocean Science formally endorsed GOA-ON’s proposed programme “Ocean Acidification Research for Sustainability”, also known as OARS. This programme aims to provide society with the observational and scientific evidence needed to sustainably identify, monitor, mitigate and adapt to ocean acidification, from local to global scales. The objective of this community discussion today is to receive input from the global ocean acidification community as to what support is required and how GOA-ON can best enhance ocean acidification observation and research capacity, taking into consideration local and regional specificities. We invite you to engage in the discussion to identify strategies and partners, supporting OARS and GOA-ON, to increase capacity in OA monitoring and research efforts within your respective regions, countries, and institutions. We hope to gather insights on which particular aspects of OARS could be expanded or improved upon in order to achieve the UN Decade Action outcomes.

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, 19 October 2021. Text and video.

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