Expanding ocean acidification observing capacity to take action

Date: 9 November 2021

Time: 10.45 – 12.00 local time

Location: SDG Pavilion, SEC, Glasgow, UK

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It is now clear that anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions are the chief cause of ocean acidification. We know that these gases are also the prime cause of the accelerating processes of the ocean’s deoxygenation and warming, with a long list of consequences including reduced marine biodiversity, habitat reduction, death of coral and rising sea levels. As such, anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions threaten to undermine the achievement of SDG14’s goal of conserving and sustainably using the ocean’s resources, thereby impeding the current and future well-being of the ocean ecosystems upon which life on Planet Earth depends.

This event will be a call for action to governments, industries and scientists to increase ambition for ocean acidification action, and to expand ocean acidification observing capacity required to minimize the impacts on ocean and human health.


Moderator: Kirsten Isensee, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

10.45 Opening
Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General Special Envoy for the Ocean

10.52 Video message
Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

10.58 Ocean acidification and the UNFCCC
Carol Turley, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK

11.05 Insights on local capacity activities


11.12 Examples of ocean acidification activities
Jodie Miller, Section Head of the Isotope Hydrology Section, NAPC, IAEA

11.19 Support by the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON)
Steve Widdicombe, Co-chair of GOA-ON, OARS, Director of Science at Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK

11.26 Discussion

Contacts: Kirsten Isensee, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (k.isensee@unesco.org)

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