The uptake by the ocean of about one quarter of human-made CO2 emissions is changing seawater chemistry.
Robust measurements are urgently needed to understand how this affects marine organisms and biogeochemistry, to feed models projecting future responses of marine ecosystems and, ultimately, to inform policy action.
An international partnership has initiated efforts to facilitate the merging of regional and national efforts that monitor effects of ocean acidification into one global ocean acidification observing network.
The Network is designed to yield understanding about both the science and practical consequences of this emerging and urgent global issue.
The session will serve to explain the objectives of the network through a panel session followed by an open discussion.
The side event is organized by the the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program, the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), Integovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, the UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme, the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), Blue Planet, the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre of the International Atomic Agency; the UK Science & Innovation Network and the International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project.