The NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) recognizes the importance of our international leadership role. Given that ocean acidification (OA) is a global threat, it is imperative that countries work together to share best practices and data to maximize resources and effort.  The United States is, as of 2016,  the only country with an ocean acidification law (FOARAM) that outlines a commitment to long term ocean acidification monitoring and research. Scientists from countries around the world seek out NOAA scientists for expert advice on ocean acidification topics. NOAA takes this leadership responsibility very seriously and works hard to cooperate and coordinate wherever possible.

The Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON)

Recognizing the need to globally coordinate OA monitoring, the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program provided resources in 2012 to hold the 1st international scientific meeting of OA scientists which led to the launch the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network in 2013. Dr. Jan Newton, Oceanographer at the University of Washington and Executive Director of NANOOS, hosted the 1st global ocean acidification scientific meeting at the University of Washington and has continued to be a leader of the network.  Libby Jewett (OAP Director and Co-Chair of GOA-ON), Richard Feely (Senior Scientist at PMEL) and Jeremy Mathis (Arctic Research Program Director) serve on the Executive Council of the GOA-ON. NOAA OAP helped organize and lead the most recent 3rd international scientific workshop of GOA-ON held in Hobart, Australia in May 2016. As of August 2016, more than 300 scientists from 67 countries have joined as network members of GOA-ON.

GOA-ON High Level Goals:

Goal 1 - Improve our understanding of global OA conditions:

Goal 2 - Improve our understanding of ecosystem response to OA

Goal 3 - Acquire and exchange data and knowledge necessary to optimize modeling for OA and its impacts:

Detailed information about the GOA-ON background, design, implementation, and data strategy can be found here:

Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network: Requirements and Governance Plan(JA Newton, RA Feely, EB Jewett, P Williamson, J Mathis)


Map from the GOA-ON data portal showing ship surveys and moorings

Other International Engagement

In addition to GOA-ON, Libby Jewett also represents the US Government on the Advisory Board of the International Coordination Centre on Ocean Acidification (ICC-OA). NOAA was instrumental in organizing support for the creation of the ICC-OA which was launched in 2012. The ICC-OA provides a forum for international collaboration on research approaches as well as access to the most up to date global OA bilbliography.

The NOAA OAP engages in many country to country activities related to ocean acidification, sharing ideas for effective response, with countries such as Canada, Japan, Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, the European Commission, Norway, United Kingdom, and Sweden, among others. We are also working with the US Department of State and the NOAA Arctic Research Program to ensure that ocean acidification is addressed through the Arctic Council during the US chairmanship. NOAA scientists also engage in collaborative research with scientists from across the globe.