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A Strategic Planning Session for Ocean Acidification Research
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    The decrease in pH of the world's oceans has now been documented in all three major oceans, and laboratory studies worldwide are providing mounting evidence of the possible consequences of this decrease on marine biota. How this "ocean acidification" (OA) can and will affect humans and the fisheries and resources they depend upon is now an urgent, front-and-center issue before all major U.S. federal agencies, but a well coordinated plan of how to both further study the process and deal with the consequences is not yet in place. The primary purpose of the meeting described herein was to bring together some of the world's experts on this subject, those from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (RSMAS), the University of South Florida, the University of Queesland, and others. We assembled to discuss our various research results and to build a consensus for recommending to federal agencies, the U.S. Congress, and others how best to proceed in an efficient and effective manner to both understand and to ameliorate the OA process. The secondary purpose of this meeting was to provide an understanding and appreciation of the complexities and cost in deployment of a robust instrumental array for providing continuous sensing of the environment near a coral reef. The Integrated Coral Observing Network's (ICON) Coral Reef Early Warning System (CREWS) growing network of stations at coral reef areas in the Caribbean provides an infrastructure for adding instruments, as well as for information in the way of not only near real-time reporting of hourly data, but also in the integration of satellite and other data sources in the region for providing models and other data products for further research. Another reliable and robust instrumental and information architecture is that developed at NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, the Coastal CO2 Program. Both the ICON/CREWS and PMEL architectures are described herein.
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