LAOCA Network

The formation of LAOCA Network became necessary to integrate the activities of the Latin American participants active in GOA-ON Network (Global Ocean Acidification Network), since the small regional representation in this international network, in spite the importance of the diversity of Latin American ecosystems, the richness of marine organisms in large coastal and oceanic regions vulnerable to the deleterious effects of increased carbon dioxide (CO2) absorption by oceans and the social, economic and political impacts of the ocean acidificación.

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The mission of the Latin American Ocean Acidification Network (LAOCA) is to communicate and enhance understanding of ocean acidification process in Latin America, and its interaction with other local processes…


 Initial objectives

1. Synthesizing and review the state of the art of existing information on ocean acidification studies in Latin America…


 About us

The LAOCA network consists of 36 members from 8 Latin American countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico…


Latin American science for the world

The LAOCA Network originates in order to coordinate research efforts in Latin America on the impacts of ocean acidification and multiple stressors on coastal ecosystems and marine resources. All this in coordination with global networks of ocean environmental monitoring.

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CO2 Vents at Roca Redonda, Galapagos Islands:

A Natural Laboratory for Long-Term Multidisciplinary Ocean Acidification Experiments and Capacity Building for Professionals, graduate students and postdocs LAOCA 2017

2018 Galapagos Ocean Acidification School
August 19 – 28th, 2018
Charles Darwin Research Station, Puerto Ayora, Galápagos, Ecuador