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OA Week 2023: ocean acidification research for sustainability initiatives around the world

29 October 2023

Our friends at the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON) have organised an incredible week of webinars - free for all to attend - over the coming week.

Ocean Acidification Week was created in 2020 by GOA-ON and has had great success in building global momentum around ocean acidification (OA) research. It will be returning once again this year to provide a virtual platform for the ocean acidification community to exchange their latest findings, and to highlight OA research for sustainability initiatives around the world. 

There is a huge choice of webinars scheduled for this week ahead, starting tomorrow (Monday 30th October) and running until Friday 3rd November. 

You can find the full schedule of free webinars, and details to sign up, on the GOA-ON website >> 

We’re proud to share that both our Director of Science Professor Steve Widdicombe and Biological Oceanographer Professor Helen Findlay will both be speakers in webinars this week. 

Professor Widdicombe, who is also co-chair of GOA-ON, will be speaking on the Ocean Acidification Research for Sustainability (OARS) programme, of which PML is the secretariat. Details below: 


OARS - Ocean Acidification Research for Sustainability 

Monday 30 October 2023 at 15:30 UTC   

Ocean Acidification Research for Sustainability, OARS, is the UN Ocean Decade endorsed programme building on the work of GOA-ON. Aligned with Sustainable Development Goal Target 14.3, OARS is dedicated to minimising and addressing the impacts of Ocean Acidification (OA) through enhanced cooperation at all levels. Seven outcomes in support of this goal were defined. OARS fosters collaboration and capacity-building and bridges the gap between cutting-edge research and practical applications. During the first two years of OARS, the Outcomes co-champions formulated a vision for the future actions and activities that are needed from the ocean community. This vision is captured in a series of white papers. With this vision as our guiding light, the OARS community now moves into an implementation phase. As OARS co-leads, we invite you to join us and to engage in and develop new projects and actions. Together, we can deliver the information needed by policy makers and communities to best mitigate and adapt to the impacts of OA. Register here >> 


And Professor Helen Findlay, who is also Chair of North East Atlantic Ocean Acidification (NEA-OA) Hub, is a speaker for the two following webinars: 


Chemical Monitoring 

Wednesday 1 November 2023 at 21:00 UTC 

Our session is focusing on the latest regional and global efforts in Chemical Monitoring for ocean acidification. Register here >> 


North East Atlantic Hub 

Thursday 2 November 2023 at 13:00 UTC   

Our session is aimed at using work from around the region, especially with the latest update from OSPAR, to discuss linkages between science and policy, discuss improvements for future regional assessments, discuss good dataset coverage, including getting an update on the development of regional CRMs. We aim to inspire the NEA hub community to coordinate monitoring and data efforts, but also to inspire other regional hubs to conduct monitoring in a policy context. Register here >> 


We’d recommend looking at the full schedule for GOA-ON's OA Week here >> 

Hope to see you there!