OA-related legislationFederal Ocean Acidification Research And Monitoring Act of 2008 (FOARAM Act)
On July 9, 2008, the House passed the FOARAM Act (H.R.4174), which establishes an interagency committee to coordinate ocean acidification activities among federal agencies. The committee will be chaired by an individual from NOAA, and other participants will come from the National Science Foundation, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the National Aeronoautics and Space Administration. This committee will organize and expand research efforts designed to understand ocean acidification and identify its consequences on marine resources and society overall.
On April 22, 2008, the FOARAM Act was introduced in the Senate (S. 1581) and placed on the calendar, but it was not voted on during the 110th Congress.
Scientists Testify in Congress about OA
April 29, 2008: Joan Kleypas spoke at a hearing on "Rising Tides, Rising Temperatures: Global Warming’s Impacts on the Oceans" before the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global WarmingJune 5, 2008: Scientists Ken Caldeira, Scott Doney, Richard Feely, and Joan Kleypas testified before the House Committee on Science and Technology's Subcommittee on Energy and Environment in a hearing to review the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring (FOARAM) Act. View press release.
October 6-9, 2008: Second symposium on the ocean in a high-CO2 world (Monaco)
June 10-13, 2008: European Project of Ocean Acidification (EPOCA) Meeting (Nice, France)
June 2-4, 2008: Ocean acidification workshop (University of Tasmania, Australia)
May 19-23, 2008: “The effects of climate change on the world's oceans” (Gijon, Spain)
October 9-11, 2007: Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry (OCB) Scoping Workshop on Ocean Acidification Research (La Jolla, CA)