What is ocean acidification?
The burning of fossil fuels has increased the amount of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in the earth's atmosphere and the oceans absorb about a quarter of this excess CO2. Over the last decade, scientists have discovered that this excess CO2 is actually changing the chemistry of the oceans and proving harmful for many forms of marine life. This process is known as ocean acidification because the increasing CO2 is lowering the pH of the oceans and making them more acidic.
What is being done about it?
The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ocean Acidification Program and Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) are working closely with other federal agencies to monitor and research ocean acidification. Their efforts will help our nation begin to understand how to address this problem on a global scale and how to help reverse it.
The Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS) receives funding through the NOAA Ocean Acidification and IOOS programs to help monitor ocean acidification in Northeast ocean waters.
- World Oceans Day Celebration 2013
- World Oceans Day Ocean Promise
- Data from the OA buoy in the Gulf of Maine
- State of the Science Fact Sheet: Ocean Acidification (NOAA)
- NOAA Ocean Acidification Program
- Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS)
- Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
- NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory Ocean Acidification page
- NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory Ocean Buoys page
- Ocean Acidification: NOAA IOOS
- Watch: "Acidity on the Half Shell" 5 minute presentation by Libby Jewett
- Deployment of Ocean Acidification buoy in the sanctuary 2011
- World Oceans Day Introduction
- One World Ocean Ocean: Why the Ocean?
- One World One Ocean: The ocean we want to know
- One World One Ocean: The dolphins call for help
- One World One Ocean: Sylvia Earle
- World Oceans Day Videos
- What is Climate Change Animation
- The Otheer CO2 Problem Student Made Video
- Ocean's Recipe for Success: Ocean Acidification Demonstration
- An Ocean Acidification Experiment: Your breath acidifies water
- Ocean Food Web Game
- Experiments with CO2 and pH
- Build a Coccolithophore