North East Atlantic hub of the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network

The North East Atlantic Ocean Acidification Hub is being established to serve European countries that are conducting monitoring, and other OA activities, within the NE Atlantic region. 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.

Countries within the region known to be engaged in OA research and/or with data submitted to the GOA-ON data portal: Belgium, Denmark, Faroe Islands, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, UK.


Screenshot of the Goa-on data portalThe goals and scope of the regional hub will be finalised after the inaugural workshop and discussion with the hub community. Although we envisage the hub will:

  • Share information on OA monitoring (and experimental and modelling) activities
  • Facilitate data submission to the GOA-ON data portal
  • Promote community “best practices” consistent with GOA-ON
  • Facilitate capacity building & training activities
  • Provide integration across the region


Further Information

NE Hub Workshop

The first workshop will be held 12th - 13th March 2019 in London UK, organised by Plymouth Marine Laboratory.
Further details to be announced in due course.

4th Global GOA-ON Workshop

The 4th Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON) International Workshop will be held in Hangzhou, China from 14 to 17 April 2019.

Topics to be covered are:

  • Ocean and coastal acidification in a multi-stressors environment
  • Observing ocean and coastal acidification and the impacts on organisms and ecosystems
  • Regional and global modelling on physical-biogeochemical coupling processes related to ocean acidification and the associated ecosystem responses
  • Shaping GOA-ON to better meet the information needs of global to local decision makers

Click here for more information and abstract submission

Key contacts

Dr Helen Findlay, Plymouth Marine Laboratory:
Prof Steve Widdicombe, Plymouth Marine Laboratory:
Katherina Schoo (GOA-ON Secretary), IOC-UNESCO

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Dr. Frédéric Gazeau - Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche
Dr. Nicolas Metzl - LOCEAN/IPSL Laboratory
Sébastien Petton - IFREMER 


Prof. Eric Achterberg - GEOMAR
Dr. Mario Hoppema - Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research


Dr. Hrönn Egilsdóttir - Marine and Freshwater Research Institute
Dr. Sólveig Rósa Ólafsdóttir – Marine and Freshwater Research Institute


Dr. Evin McGovern - Marine Institute (and OSPAR)
Dr. Nessa O'Connor - Trinity College Dublin


Dr. Are Olsen - University of Bergen and Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research 
Dr. Ingunn Skjelvan - NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS
Dr. Martina Stiasny - Pelagic Fish Research Group, Institute of Marine Research


Dr. Tiago Repolho – MARE, Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, University of Lisbon


Dr. Marta Alvarez - Instituto Español de Oceanografia
Prof. Dr. Melchor González-Dávila - Instituto de Oceanografía y Cambio Global (IOCAG), Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Prof. Dr. J. Magdalena Santana-Casiano - Instituto de Oceanografía y Cambio Global (IOCAG), Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria


Dr. Sam Dupont - Kristineberg Marine Research Station, University of Gothenburg 
Dr. Jon Havenhand - Tjärnö Marine Laboratory, University of Gothenburg

United Kingdom

Dr. Silvana Birchenough - Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science
Dr. Jerry Blackford - Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Dr. Sinead Collins - University of Edinburgh
Dr. Helen Findlay – Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Dr. Jasmin Godbold - University of Southampton
Dr. Naomi Greenwood - Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science
Prof. Jason Hall-Spencer – University of Plymouth
Dr. Sebastian Hennige – University of Edinburgh
Dr. Matthew Humphreys - University of East Anglia
Dr. Socratis Loucaides - National Oceanography Centre
Dr. Nova Mieszkowska – University of Liverpool and Marine Biological Association of the UK
Dr. Irene Olivé - School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow
Dr. Clare Ostle – Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey, Marine Biological Association of the UK
Dr. Dave Pearce - Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science
Prof. J Murray Roberts – University of Edinburgh
Dr. Allison Schaap - National Oceanography Centre
Dr. Jamie Shutler – University of Exeter
Prof. Steve Widdicombe – Plymouth Marine Laboratory

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Key information

Funder: DEFRA

Project start date: November 2018

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Dr Helen Findlay
Biological Oceanographer