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WAMS Press Release

In accordance with measures adopted at the 25th session of the Assembly of UNESCO-Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission IOC (16-25 June 2009), a meeting of a planning group was held at IOC, Paris, April 13th – 14th 2010, to discuss the creation of a “World Association of Marine Stations” (WAMS). This group agreed unanimously that WAMS was urgently needed and on April 14th 2010 WAMS was established.

Chile's Earthquake May Set Back Research for Years

Jocelyn Kaiser and Antonio Regalado

Science 12 March 2010: Vol. 327. no. 5971, pp. 1308 - 1309 DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5971.1308

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European Science Foundation (ESF) Science Policy Briefing #37 on the “Impacts of Ocean Acidification”

The European Science Foundation (ESF) Science Policy Briefing #37 on the “Impacts of Ocean Acidification” is available for download (or for request of paper copies) on the ESF publication webpage.


An ESF Science Policy Briefing entitled “Impacts of Ocean Acidification”, a joint activity of LESC and the ESF-Marine Board, was published in August 2009. It gives a comprehensive view from leading scientists in Europe and in the USA on this topic. Ocean acidification is the hidden partner of climate change. The increasing acidity levels currently observed could in the future reduce the oceans‟ capacity to absorb carbon dioxide. In addition, this reduced absorption will contribute to irreversible changes in ocean chemistry, with yet unclear implications for marine ecosystems and fisheries resources and the human communities that rely on them.


NRDC movie on Ocean Acidification


 ACID TEST, a film produced by NRDC (and narrated by Sigourney Weaver), was made to raise awareness about the problem of ocean acidification, which poses a fundamental challenge to life in the seas and the health of the entire planet.

OBIS adopted as an IOC programme

WEBSITE. OBIS has now been formally accepted as a programme of IOC under its IODE programme. The resolution to do so was approved by the General Assembly of IOC during its most recent meeting in Paris, 16-25 June 2009.


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