Ocean-Based Carbon Dioxide Removal Working Group

Global oCDR Survey!

The survey will close Friday 6 October 2023

This working group is conducting a survey to understand the GOA-ON community’s interest and involvement in Ocean-based Carbon Dioxide Removal (oCDR; also often referred to as marine CDR or mCDR). The information generated by this survey will help the GOA-ON Working Group to address and understand the rising interest in oCDR within the GOA-ON community and allow us to be responsive to the larger community relative to GOA-ON’s expertise and capabilities.


Avoiding catastrophic climate change and ocean acidification will require innovative solutions. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states that all pathways to cap global warming to the 1.5°C warming must employ negative emission technologies, or carbon dioxide removal (CDR) technologies. The ocean can hold up to 42 times more carbon than the land and therefore presents a strong opportunity for carbon dioxide removal (CDR). Furthermore, marine CDR (mCDR) technologies might also have potential to mitigate ocean acidification.

GOA-ON recognizes the increasing interest in ocean-based Carbon Dioxide Removal (oCDR) efforts around the world. As a global community of over 1,000 researchers and decision makers in ocean acidification, GOA-ON’s collective expertise can make a critical contribution to ensuring responsible, sustainable, and accountable oCDR research is conducted. Importantly, GOA-ON recognises the need for safe implementation of oCDR, and the network's expertise - which include carbon cycle monitoring and understanding, biological impact assessments, and modeling - can aid in the evaluation and efficacy of oCDR in terms of risks and benefits to ecosystems and societies.


  1. Advise the Executive Council on matters relating to GOA-ON’s involvement with oCDR research activities and policy engagement.
  2. Facilitate and promote the involvement of GOA-ON members in oCDR activities to ensure the appropriate inclusion of ocean acidification expertise in oCDR activities (research and policy).
  3. Generation of oCDR informational products based on the ocean acidification expertise within the GOA-ON network.

Terms of Reference

oCDR Related Resources

Steering Committee


  • Helen Findlay
    Plymouth Marine Laboratory


  • Dick Feely
    NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory
  • Libby Jewett
    NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center
  • Sam Dupont
    University of Gothenburg
    Sweden and IAEA OA-ICC
  • Gabby Kitch
    NOAA Ocean Acidification Program
  • Kalina Grabb
    GOA-ON Secretariat and NOAA Ocean Acidification Program

We are looking for new members! If you are interested in joining the working group or have questions, please email the GOA-ON Secretariat: