United Kingdom Ocean Acidification (UKOA) research programme

Who funds the programme?

The programme is jointly funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Who is involved in the programme?

The research programme is to be implemented through twenty seven research institutes across the UK including NERC marine research centres, university departments and CEFAS.

What is the programme about?

UKOA sets out to address some key challenges that face the earth as a result of a changing marine environment in an increasing carbon dioxide atmosphere. The research funded through the programme sets out to increase understanding of the size, nature and impacts of these changes, with the aim to:

In order to address these aims there are seven research awards making up the research programme:

The programme is supported by the Ocean acidification carbonate chemistry facility at NOCS.

When is the programme active?

The programme started in July 2010 with funding for 5 years.

Brief summary of the programme fieldwork/data

Programme fieldwork and data collection are to be achieved through:

The data is to be fed into models for validation and future projections. Greater detail can be found in the Theme documents.