What is the Ocean Acidification Information Exchange?

The Ocean Acidification Information Exchange (OAIE) is different than most websites.  Instead of focusing on one-way transfers of information to the website reader, it focuses on interaction and sharing. The heart of the OAIE is interactive teams that use the website’s collaboration tools to focus on specific topics related to ocean and coastal acidification or a specific region. Members of the OAIE can share resources and engage in online discussions, and, in doing so, will enhance stakeholder interactions and build well-informed communities working to respond and adapt to ocean and coastal acidification. The OAIE invites anyone working on ocean acidification to join, including but not limited to government, tribal, and academic research scientists, citizen scientists, experiential and formal educators, NGO employees, marine resources managers, policy makers, concerned citizens, aquaculturists, people in the fishing industry, technology developers, and data managers.

Why develop the Ocean Acidification Information Exchange?

The Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring (FOARAM) Act of 2009 mandates the establishment of an “information exchange” to “make information on ocean acidification developed through or utilized by the interagency ocean acidification program accessible through electronic means, including information which would be useful to policymakers, researchers, and other stakeholders in mitigating or adapting to the impacts of ocean acidification.” Such an information exchange will provide an excellent service to the ocean and coastal acidification community, which is eager for a better way to share resources, access up-to-date information, and interact across disciplines and regions.

Who is involved in the Information Exchange?

The Interagency Working Group on Ocean Acidification is charged by the FOARAM Act of 2009 with developing an ocean acidification “information exchange”. After much deliberation and with encouragement from the White House, it decided to pursue this collaboration website. NERACOOS was chosen to operate the OAIE.

The Interagency Working Group on Ocean Acidification, which was formed by the FOARAM Act of 2009, includes representatives from NOAA, NSF, NASA, BIA, BOEM, EPA, NPS, Navy, Smithsonian, State, USDA, USFWS, USGS, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy. The group meets regularly to coordinate ocean acidification activities across the Federal government to fulfill the goals of the FOARAM Act.

The Ocean Acidification Information Exchange gratefully acknowledges support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Ocean Acidification Program and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

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OAIE Core Team

Julianna Mullen, NERACOOS, Community Manager

Shallin Busch, NOAA

Steering committee

Libby Jewett, NOAA

Ru Morrison, NERACOOS

Sarah Cooley, Ocean Conservancy

Darcy Dugan, AOOS

Jan Newton, NANOOS and University of Washington

Jennifer Phillips, California Ocean Protection Council

George Waldbusser, Oregon State University

Kim Yates, USGS

Abed al Rahman Hassoun, National Council for Scientific Research

Heather Almeda, MEOPAR

Parker Gasset, University of Maine

Tommy Moore, Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission

Jason Masters, Ocean Science Services

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