NOAA ocean acidification plan calls for improved ocean observing systems

By on April 14, 2014

Ocean acidification is partially dissolving the shells of Pteropods (Credit: NOAA, PMEL)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and partner organizations have released the first federal strategic plan to advance understanding of ocean acidification, according to a release. The plan is meant to guide future investments in ocean research and monitoring.

Strategies set out in the plan look to improve existing ocean observing systems, increase lab and field research efforts and develop models to predict changes to the ocean carbon cycle. It also notes the importance of assessing cultural and economic effects of ocean acidification.

The plan was developed by the Interagency Working Group on Ocean Acidification, which brings together a number of organizations, including NASA, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of State. The working group was formed under authority of the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act of 2009.

Image: Ocean acidification is partially dissolving the shells of Pteropods (Credit: NOAA, PMEL)

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