As carbon dioxide emissions grow, the pH in the some parts of the ocean decreases, leading to ocean acidification. This process is particularly damaging to hard-shelled organisms as increasing acidity makes it harder for them to build and maintain those hard, calcified parts. But the effects of ocean acidification go far beyond shellfish. Check out some of these posts to learn more:
- Ocean Acidification Increasing Sediment Toxicity in UK
- Ocean Acidification Could Alter Entire Ecosystems
- Ocean Acidification Goes Beyond Damaging Shells
So what are we doing about this ocean acidification problem?
Emily Gottlieb, a recent graduate of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is working on a new project that will get high school students directly involved in ocean acidification research.
In collaboration with Dr. Andreas Andersson, Emily is putting together lab kits that will allow classes to collect water samples, record chemical parameters relevant to ocean acidification and analyze their data. Getting students involved in ocean acidification research will help researchers better understand the impact that it is having on the southern California coast.
Her project recently went live on the crowdfunding site Microryza. The funds she raises will pay for the materials and distribution of the ocean acidification lab kits and will cover transportation costs for getting classes to and from workshops and the water! Check it out: Ocean Acidification Lab Kits: Student Scientists Saving the World.
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