Ocean Acidification

OCEAN ACIDIFICATION is a critical outcome of increasing dissolution of CO2 in seawater. Decreasing ocean pH results in decreasing calcification, respiratory difficulties, and reproductive changes in marine species worldwide. The most evident result can be found in the dramatic changes evident in coral reefs, as rich a biotic community as the rain forest, as well as in microscopic organisms at the bottom of the marine food chain that sustain fisheries and food security. Both these ecosystems are now experiencing the serious negative consequences of increased acidification of climate.
Image Credit: ocean-acidification.net

 

Present Situation

 
  Ocean Acidification: The Other CO2 Challenge
 

Acid in the Oceans: A Growing Threat to Marine Life

 

Acid Test: The Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification

 

EPOCA Ocean Acidification Blog

 

The Ocean in a High CO2 World

 Solutions

 

  Global Ocean Health | Ocean Acidification Report
 

Electrochemical Acceleraion of Chemical Weathering to Counter Ocean Acidification?

 

The U.K. Ocean Acidification Research Programme

 

Ocean Acidification Lesson Plan [pdf] (grades 5-12)

Teaching Resources  
 

Twenty Facts About Ocean Acidification [pdf]

  Sea Grant Washington | Ocean Acidification Resources
 

NOAA Educational Resources for the High School Classroom