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North American Ocean Acidification Network

The North American Ocean Acidification Hub is being established to serve the countries of Canada, United States, and Mexico. The Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON) has encouraged grass-roots formation of regional hubs to foster communities of practice for the efficient collection of comparable and geographically distributed data to assess ocean acidification and its effects and to support adaptation tools like model forecasts.

Goals

The goals of the North American GOA-ON regional hub are to:

  • Share information about readiness of the Observing Network
  • Assist in data management
  • Promote community "best-practices" within a hub’s domain consistent with GOA-ON
  • Provide integration of the global network through synthesis product development

Genesis

Began in 2017 via a teleconference, a large number of participants voiced that their priorities for the North American Hub are to help support the development of synthesis products, facilitate data exchanges, support the observing system via training, develop uniform quality control procedures, and develop OA messages for policy makers and the general public.

Inaugural Workshop

The first workshop for the North American Ocean Acidification Hub will be held 17-18 October 2018 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada hosted by the Hakai Institute.