Diving Deeper


Technical videos on the science and chemistry of ocean acidification:



Science from the Washington State Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification
Scientific Summary of Ocean Acidification in Washington State Marine Waters

Calcium Corrosivity in an Alaskan Inland Sea
Investigating the exacerbating effects of glacial melt on ocean acidification in Prince William Sound

Allowable Carbon Emissions Lowered by Multiple Climate Targets
Steinacher et al 2012
Important research under-recognized in the marine conservation field with potentially enormous implications for ocean acidification research, adaptation, and mitigation.

Ocean Acidification Changes Nitrogen Cycling in World Seas
Summary of research by Hutchins et al 2010 shows that dropping ph seems to trap Nitrogen in seawater

Basin-scale Estimates of Pelagic and Coral Reef Calcification in the Red Sea and Western Indian Ocean
Steiner et al 2014
The researchers developed a new method to simultaneously assess the overall calcification rates of coral reefs and pelagic plankton over a whole oceanic basin, based on variations in surface water chemistry.

Dissolution Dominating Calcification Process in Polar Pteropods Close to the Point of Aragonite Undersaturation
Bednarsek et al 2014
Bednarsek’s 2012 research showed that Pacific Northwest pteropods are subject to dissolution in current conditions, with potentially far-reaching implications on fisheries. This work provides the fundamental empirical rate equations for linking the biogeochemical rates processes of calcification and dissolution to the water column chemistry. These rate processes can be integrated into biogeochemical and ecosystem models to address long-term impacts of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems and marine chemistry. The work has strong implications for the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program and ocean acidification processes along our coast.

Physiological and Developmental Impacts of Acidified Seawater on Larvae of the American Lobster
Jones, Ian T 2015
A senior capstone project from the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine, this paper describes the impact of low, mid, and high pH levels on Homarus americanus larvae. Research on this species’ vulnerability to OA is still scanty, but there are indications that we can expect negative effects.

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