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Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON)

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The Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON) is an international network of scientists studying the status, impacts, and future projections of (ocean acidification). This global network was established in 2012 during a workshop held in Seattle, Washington, USA, where its initial design, objectives, and requirements were defined. In 2013, the GOA-ON Executive Council, the network’s governing body, was established. The Executive Council consist of two co-chairs, representatives from each of the regional hubs, as well as program representational members. The GOA-ON distributed Secretariat, established in 2018, provides scientific, technical and administrative support to the network. Since its inception in 2013, GOA-ON has grown from 150 scientists representing 31 countries, to over 630 scientists from 96 countries in 2019.

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Goals and Data Quality Objectives[edit]

The GOA-ON goals and objectives were defined and published in 2015 as the “Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network: Requirements and Governance Plan”[1]. In this Governance Plan, GOA-ON has defined two data quality objectives, “weather” and “climate” quality, with associated relative acceptable uncertainties in the carbonate chemistry parameters. The GOA-ON Implementation Strategy was published in 2019 and offers guidance on how to implement the GOA-ON Requirements and Governance Plan, including expanding ocean acidification observations, closing human and technology capacity gaps, connecting scientists regionally and globally, and informing about the impacts of ocean acidification.[2]

Data Portal[edit]

The GOA-ON Data Explorer provides public access to and visualizations of ocean acidification data and data synthesis products that are being collected around the world from a wide range of sources, including moorings, research cruises, and fixed time series stations. The portal includes near real-time data for select platforms, links to external data, and metadata, submitted by scientists working on ocean acidification.

Capacity Building[edit]

GOA-ON and its partners have identified severe gaps in the world’s collective ability to observe ocean acidification and its impacts. In order to improve the global capacity for observations, GOA-ON collaborates with national and international partners to build human and technological capacities in under-resourced regions. Capacity building efforts include organizing training courses and workshops in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ocean Acidification International Coordination Center (OA-ICC), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO), the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (NOAA OAP), the U.S. non-profit The Ocean Foundation, and other partners.
In a further capacity building effort, GOA-ON has developed a scientific mentorship program called “Pier2Peer”. This programme matches early-career scientists with experienced researchers in the field, to provide professional guidance, technical support and to foster collaborations. To strengthen ocean acidification research in developing countries, GOA-ON is working with The Ocean Foundation to supply local researchers with low-cost monitoring equipment. This “GOA-ON in a Box” kit contains low-cost equipment for collecting weather-quality ocean acidification measurements. Kit recipients receive technical training and are required to make their data publicly accessible, thereby expanding the global coverage of ocean acidification observations. GOA-ON has encouraged its member scientists to form geographically explicit hubs to facilitate regional coordination, collaboration, and sharing of ocean acidification research expertise. To date, seven hubs have formed: in Africa, the North East Atlantic, Latin America, the Western Pacific, the Pacific Islands and Territories, North America, and in the Mediterranean.[3]


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