United Nations
Enhancing global ocean acidification monitoring and research
by Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON) (Partnership)
The policy and scientific needs for coordinated, worldwide information-gathering on ocean acidification and its ecological impacts are now widely recognized. The importance of obtaining such measurements has been endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly, as well as by many other governmental and non-governmental bodies.

The Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON), a collaborative international network of 367 members representing 66 nations, is committed to increasing global ocean acidification observing capacity in support of SDG target 14.3: Average marine acidity (pH) measured at agreed suite of representative sampling stations.

To achieve this commitment, GOA-ON and its partners are expected to continue to develop and nurture this global network. Importantly, we plan to work to build capacity in regions that currently have limited observation records and little ocean science capacity by conducting targeted training workshops on ocean acidification monitoring and experimentation best practices. We are committed to distributing sensor kits that will allow scientists in resource-poor countries to collect reliable data and so contribute to the global ocean acidification monitoring effort. We also plan to provide stipendiary support to maintain those kits, and create international networking opportunities for early-career and experienced scientists through the GOA-ON Pier2Peer program (http://goa-on.org/GOA-ON_Pier2Peer.html). Sensor kits are to be distributed to scientists in Fiji, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa, and in several Caribbean nations by 2019.
Progress reports
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • Adaptation to more acidic ocean conditions
  • Scientific research and cooperation to address ocean acidification knowledge gaps
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Actions that support SIDS and LDCs
December 2019
Sensor kit distribution and deployment
December 2019
Training for sensor kit use
December 2020
Real-time accessible monitoring assets
December 2020
Data product availability
Financing (in USD)
600,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Coordinating staff
In-kind contribution
Basic information
Time-frame: 2017 June - 2020 December
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (Government), International Atomic Energy Agency (UN entity), Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission-UNESCO (UN entity), Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (IGO), The Ocean Foundation (NGO), University of Gothenburg (Academic institution), University of Washington (Academic institution), US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Government)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Bronte Tilbrook, Senior Principal Research Scientist- The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation , bronte.tilbrook@csiro.au, +61 3 62325273
Hobart, Australia
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