North East Atlantic hub of the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network

GOA-ON NE Hub logo featuring a compassThe North East Atlantic Ocean Acidification Hub was 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) 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 key role of the hub is to ensure a common methodology for recording measurements, encourage submission of ocean acidification measurements to the UN through National Data Centres and cataloguing of this data on a central global portal to map effort and identify gaps. The main goals and scope of the hub are to:

  • 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

Previous events

5th International Symposium on the Ocean in a High-COWorld

7th-10th September 2020 in Lima, Peru

Executive Group meeting

The first Executive Group video conference was held on the 11th September 2019

NE Hub Workshop

The first workshop was held 12th - 13th March 2019 at the De Vere Hotel Devonport, Greenwich, London UK, organised by Plymouth Marine Laboratory.

4th Global GOA-ON Workshop

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

Topics that were covered included:

  • 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

View the workshop summary

Read the Eos article about the workshop

Key contacts

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

Executive Group

Prof Steve Widdicombe (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK) [Co-Chair]
Dr Helen Findlay (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK) [Co-Chair]

Dr Marta Alvarez (Instituto Español de Oceanografía, Spain)
Dr Yuri Artioli (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK)
Dr Sinead Collins (Edinburgh University, UK) 
Dr Tarquin Dorrington (Defra, UK)
Dr Sam Dupont (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
Dr Siv Lauvset (University of Bergen, Norway)
Dr Evin McGovern (Marine Institute, Ireland)
Prof Colin Moffat (Marine Scotland, UK)
Dr Clare Ostle (Marine Biological Association, UK)
Prof Murray Roberts (Edinburgh University, UK)
Dr Ian Salter (Faroese Marine Research Institute, Faroe Islands)

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Christian Lønborg - Aarhus University, Denmark

Faroe Islands

Dr Ian Salter - Faroese Marine Research Institute, Faroe Islands


Anna Jansson - Novia University of Applied Sciences


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


Brian Kelleher - DCU /
Daniel Kerr
Dr Evin McGovern - Marine Institute (and OSPAR)
Dr Nessa O'Connor - Trinity College Dublin


Dr Matthew Humphreys- University of East Anglia
Dr Jos Schilder - Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat), Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management


Siv Kari Lauvset - NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS
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


Marcin Stokowski - The Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IO PAN)


Marcos Fontela - CCMAR, Portugal
Dr Tiago Repolho – MARE, Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, University of Lisbon
Rui Rosa - Universidade de Lisboa, Portugla


Dr Marta Alvarez - Instituto Español de Oceanografia
Júlia Puig Fàbregas - University of Vigo
Prof Dr. Melchor González-Dávila - Instituto de Oceanografía y Cambio Global (IOCAG), Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Luis Paulo Alcaraz Rocha - University of Vigo
Prof Dr. J. Magdalena Santana-Casiano - Instituto de Oceanografía y Cambio Global (IOCAG), Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Cristina Sobrino - University of Vigo


Dr Sam Dupont - Kristineberg Marine Research Station, University of Gothenburg 
Dr Jon Havenhand - Tjärnö Marine Laboratory, University of Gothenburg
Dr Peter Thor - Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI)

United Kingdom

Dr Silvana Birchenough - Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science
Dr Jerry Blackford - Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Dhruv Boruah
Dr Sinead Collins - University of Edinburgh
Pablo Diaz - Marine Scotland Science
Howard Dryden
Maribel García-Ibáñez - University of East Anglia, UK
Dr Helen Findlay – Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Prof Gavin Foster - School of Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton
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 Nick Kamenos - School of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow
Lewis Kramer
Dr Socratis Loucaides - National Oceanography Centre
Kelly McIntosh
Dr Nova Mieszkowska – University of Liverpool and Marine Biological Association of the UK
Christian Murray
Alice Wilson McNeal
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
Dr Gavin Tilstone - Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Pamela Walsham - Marine Scotland Science
Prof Steve Widdicombe – Plymouth Marine Laboratory

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NE Atlantic Ocean Acidification Workshop
Regional Knowledge to Local Action

Wednesday, 28 April 2021
1400 CET - 1645 CET

The International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification and the GOA-ON NE Atlantic Hub are hosting a virtual workshop bringing together climate and environment policy leads, marine managers, and OA scientists from across the NE Atlantic region to discuss:

• Government Led Responses to Ocean Acidification: National Actions and Implementing International
Climate and Ocean Commitments
• Understanding Biological Impacts to Keystone Fisheries and Aquaculture
• Monitoring and Regional Networks that Can Help Inform Government Response and Investments

TO REGISTER your interest email:
Madison Onsager,

Virtual Ocean Dialogues - 'Deep Dive' session on Ocean Acidification and Climate-Ocean Impacts

The first ever completely virtual global conference for ocean action, the Virtual Ocean Dialogues, took part (1-5 June) with Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) a co-host of the ‘Deep Dive’ session on Ocean Acidification and Climate- Ocean Impacts. The Dialogues, organized by the World Economic Forum and Friends of Ocean Action, fostered inclusive, constructive and practical exchanges to maintain momentum on the ocean action agenda. The overall event had over 1,300 participants from more than 90 different countries attending with livestreamed sessions reaching over 780,000 views across all platforms.  
The Dialogues contributed to maintaining momentum for action for a healthy ocean. They have also drawn global attention to the ocean as a solution and how it should comprise an integral part of both the response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

OA at COP25

Images of a multitude of flagsMembers of the hub will be promoting OA activities at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid, Spain during 2 - 13 Dec 2019.

Dr Tarquin Dorrington (Defra, UK) will be speaking about the Hub at COP25 at the side event entitled: From Knowledge to OA action: Mobilizing Global Leadership to Protect Coastal Communities and Livelihoods from a Changing Ocean - Perspectives from the NE Atlantic at the French Pavilion on Thursday 5 December between 10am-11:30am (Central European Time)

IPCC report front cover

The IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate was produced by more than 100 authors from 36 countries, using the latest scientific literature and referencing around 7000 scientific publications, and will be a key input to the upcoming UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Chile this December.

View the report

OOS Report card front coverA new Ocean Observing System report card provides insight into the status of the global ocean observing system. The report card was created by the Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).


Thérèse Coffey gives her support

In her former role as Environment Minister, Thérèse Coffey gave her support for the GOA-ON NE Atlantic Hub:


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Key information

Funder: DEFRA

Project start date: November 2018

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