When the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meets in Warsaw in November 2013, an exhibition stand and an official side event will provide information on ocean acidification. Europe’s research programmes joined forces with partners to communicate about “the other carbon dioxide problem”.The European research projects UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme UKOA, Mediterranean Sea Acidification in a changing climate (MedSea) and Biological Impacts of Ocean Acidification (BIOACID), the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC), the international ocean conservation organization Oceana and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego, USA, will meet decision makers at the 2013 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, Poland, from 11 to 22 November 2013. The ocean acidification experts put together an exhibition stand where delegates and other COP19 participants will not just have the opportunity to get first-hand information from the scientists, but also receive brochures, leaflets, films and other material.
In addition, an official UN side event was arranged for Monday 18 November from 13:15 to 14:45 local time. Further information about the event is available on the UNESCO website.
During the event, the new report Ocean Acidification. Summary for Policymakers. Thirs Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2-World will be launched.
A group of scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography also traveled to the COP meeting in Warsaw to raise awareness about the role of the global oceans in a changing climate. OSIP – Ocean Scientists For Informed Policy provide comprehensive background information, videos and a blog about their COP19 participation.