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Facilitating global coordination and collaboration on ocean acidification
by Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (United Nations entity)
The IAEA Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC) promotes international coordination and collaboration to advance ocean acidification science and help build a strong research community across the globe. The Centre provides access to training, tools, resources and opportunities for networking and collaboration, directly supporting Member States in their initiatives to address SDG14.3.

The OA-ICC acts as a hub to communicate, promote and facilitate international activities on ocean acidification within science, capacity building and communication. The Centre organizes training courses, provides access to data and resources, and help develop standardized methodology and best practices. The OA-ICC works to raise awareness about ocean acidification among various stakeholders and inform about the role that nuclear and isotopic techniques can play in assessing its impacts. The target audience is not only scientists, but any group or individual interested in ocean acidification, such as policy-makers, the media, schools and the general public. The OA-ICC supports global and regional ocean acidification networks, including the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network. The OA-ICC supports the Community of Ocean Action on Ocean Acidification (IAEA is co-focal point) and contributes to the SDG14.3.1 indicator methodology development, led by IOC-UNESCO.

To achieve its objectives, the OA-ICC works with prominent researchers from all corners of the world and many international partners, such as IOC-UNESCO, the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, the University of Gothenburg, and the Ocean Foundation.

The OA-ICC is an IAEA Peaceful Uses Initiative project launched at the UN Rio+20 conference in 2012 following increasing concern from IAEA Member States about ocean acidification. The Centre responds to the need to coordinate, promote and facilitate global ocean acidification activities as expressed by scientists of the Ocean Acidification Working Group of the Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research (IMBER) project and the International Surface Ocean - Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS). The OA-ICC has received direct and in-kind contributions from eight IAEA Member States (Australia, France, Italy (ENEA; the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development), Japan, New Zealand, Sweden, UK and USA) as well as key international organizations and projects.

In addition, and in close synergy with OA-ICC activities, the IAEA also implements several regional and inter-regional projects with ocean acidification components through its Technical Cooperation Programme, including the inter-regional project, Supporting a Global OA Observing Network towards increased involvement of developing states┬Ł from 2016-2019 (INT7019). The IAEA also recently launched a new Coordinated Research Project evaluating the impact of ocean acidification on seafood at a global approach┬Ł (K41018), running from 2019-2022.
Progress reports
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • Scientific research and cooperation to address ocean acidification knowledge gaps
Support the 5th Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World
Up-to-date data portal for biological response data, bibliographic database on ocean acidification, and communication resources on ocean acidification (news stream, web site, newsletters etc.)
Several training courses at various levels (basic to advanced) and a series of expert meetings focusing on key challenges in the ocean acidification research field
Support the Community of Ocean Action on Ocean Acidification (in the role of co-focal point) and SDG 14.3.1 Methodology process (expert group participation)
Financing (in USD)
4,000,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Two full-time staff (Associate Project Officer and Junior Professional Officer) and support staff in Monaco. The OA-ICC benefits from scientific and technical advice from lead scientists in the field who act as focal points for the various activities.
Basic information
Time-frame: 01/2013 - 12/2020
Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (United Nations entity), UNESCO (United Nations entity), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (Government), 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 Acidification Working Group of the Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research (IMBER) project (Scientific community), International Surface Ocean - Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS) (Scientific community), International Ocean Carbon Cooperation Project (Scientific community), Ocean Acidification international Reference User Group (Scientific community), Latin American Ocean Acidification Network (LAOCA) (Scientific community), African Ocean Acidification Network (OA-AFRICA) (Scientific community), Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (Scientific community), Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco (Government), Fondation Albert 1er, Prince the Monaco (Government), Association Monagasque sur l'acidification des oceans (Other relevant actor), Centre scientifique de Monaco (Government), Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (Scientific community), Future Earth Coasts (Scientific community), World Data Center PANGAEA (Scientific Community), State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science, Xiamen University (Government), Western Indian Ocean Marie Science Association (Scientific community)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Lina Hansson, Associate Project Officer, L.Hansson@iaea.org, (+377) 97 97-72 06
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