Access to Ocean Acidification Data

IOOS, in collaboration with NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program (OAP), is making access to real-time ocean acidification data more accessible. A west coast data portal – The IOOS Pacific Region Ocean Acidification Data Portal (IPACOA) – is now being expanded to the entire nation thanks to support from both the IOOS Program Office and the OAP.  Access to such information improves our ability to understand, predict and manage the impacts of changes in ocean chemistry from a wide variety of environments. 

The IOOS Pacific Region Ocean Acidification Data Portal, hosted by NANOOS, was developed to provide shellfish growers access to sensor data from five west coast hatcheries. It was expanded to integrate real-time data on ocean conditions and chemistry from a variety of sources including:

  • offshore OAP moorings with sensors supported by NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Lab,
  • other shellfish grower sensors, and
  • observations collected by universities and others. 

These additional data sources can serve as an early warning to growers when offshore conditions change, and also stimulate study of how conditions change from coastal to nearshore. The portal provides “one-stop shopping” to local, regional and, eventually, global information.  

The portal was developed in 2013 as part of an award granted by the IOOS Ocean Technology Transition Program in collaboration with the OAP. The project included the development of a new, affordable sensor for measuring partial pressure of carbon dioxide. The sensor is to be tested at five west coast shellfish hatcheries. The IPACOA portal was created for easy access to the data.

Oregon State University and Sunburst Sensors LLC led the sensor development, while the five west coast Regional Associations - Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS), Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS), Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS), and Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS) - support local OA experts to work with the growers. 

Ocean Acidification data from Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) region and most recently to the Caribbean Coastal Ocean Observing System (CariCOOS) are now available in the portal.  

The portal will soon provide access to ocean Acidification related data nationwide. 

A similar portal is being developed for the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON) in development with international partners.