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.
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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



  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