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The Guide to Best Practices in Ocean Acidification Research and Data Reporting is intended as a reference to provide guidance for research in the rapidly growing field of ocean acidification. Its preparation was initiated by the European Project on Ocean Acidification (EPOCA) and the International Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and sponsored by EPOCA, IOC, the Scientific Council on Oceanic Research (SCOR), the U.S. Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry Project (OCB), and the Kiel Excellence Cluster “The Future Ocean”. Each section of the guide listed below was read by independent experts in the field whose comments and suggestions were incorporated.
Chapter 1: Seawater carbonate chemistry
1.1 Carbonate system measurements
1.2 Approaches and tools to manipulate the carbonate chemistry
Chapter 2: Experimental design of perturbation experiments
2.1 Choice of pCO2 levels in perturbation experiments
2.2 Designing ocean acidification experiments to maximise inference
2.3 Bioassays, batch culture and chemostat experimentation
2.4 Pelagic mesocosms
2.5 Benthic mesocosms
2.6 Atmospheric CO2 targets for ocean acidification perturbation experiments
Chapter 3: Measurements of CO2 sensitive processes
3.1 Metabolism, pH enantiostasis
3.2 Production and export of organic matter
3.3 Pelagic calcification
3.4 Benthic calcification
Chapter 4: Data reporting and data usage
4.1 Needs of modelers
4.2 Safeguarding and sharing ocean acidification knowledge
The community review of the guide is now open (http://www.epoca-project.eu/index.php/Home/Guide-to-OA-Research/). All scientists are invited to provide comments and suggestions on any aspect of the guide to the lead authors of the respective sections and cc to the editors (see below). Lead authors may decide to include the names of experts who have provided substantial input to their section to the list of contributing authors. After completion of the review by the marine science community, the guide will be made available electronically and in printed form via EPOCA, IOC and OCB.
The recognition and usefulness of this guide critically depends on the level of community consensus it can generate. We therefore urge you to provide input on any part of this document. After completion the guide will be made available electronically and in printed form via EPOCA, IOC and OCB. It is envisioned to revisit and possibly revise the guide to accommodate new developments in the field in a few years time.
We are grateful to all colleagues who have contributed their time to the preparation of this guide as chapter editors, lead and contributing authors and expert reviewers.
Ulf Riebesell, Victoria J. Fabry, Jean-Pierre Gattuso (editors)