Why Isn’t This Reef Affected By Ocean Acidification?

Written by on October 22, 2013 in Coral Reefs, Editor's Choice, Marine Life, Physical Oceanography

If you read this, Chasing Ice: Undeniable Visual Evidence of Climate Change, then you know that MST loved the documentary Chasing Ice. It was an incredibly powerful film with some of the most beautiful, jaw-dropping footage of glaciers that you will ever see.

Now, two of the filmmakers involved with Chasing Ice, Patrick Behan and Matt Corliss, are starting a new documentary film series that will continue to explore the effects of climate change beyond the poles.

The series, A Natural Response, will begin under the sea.

View from Turneffe Atoll, Belize.

View from Turneffe Atoll, Belize. Photo credit: Serge Melki, CC-BY-2.0.

The pilot episode will feature Dr. Ed Sobey, explorer, scientist, former naval officer, director of five museums and author of 29 books, on his next expedition to Turneffe Atoll off the coast of Belize. Turneffe Atoll is home to 70 hard coral species, 36 soft coral species and over 500 species of fish. It is an important feeding and calving ground for bottlenose dolphins and contains several fish spawning sites.

Just this year, Turneffe Atoll was declared a Marine Reserve but unfortunately many of the reefs are still suffering from the effects of ocean acidification.

For four days, Dr. Sobey, his team and the filmmakers will explore as much of the reef as possible, while focusing on a particular part of the reef that has been extremely resilient to ocean acidification. Dr. Sobey aims to find out why this part of the reef has been so resilient and if we can take that knowledge and apply it to other reefs that are already being suffering.

By filming the “information-gathering and action-oriented expedition,” Behan and Corliss will produce a short documentary that will raise awareness about ocean acidification and help bring about positive change.

The expedition will take place from December 2-7, 2013, but you can help right now! The filmmakers are currently running campaign on Indiegogo to raise money for the pilot episode of A Natural Response. To learn more about the expedition and the future documentary, check out their campaign video:

(Sorry, the campaign is over so the video is gone. But check back soon for a follow-up on the expedition!)

If you’re interested in helping (and maybe being listed in the credits of the film!) you can do so here (link no longer active).

Copyright © 2013 by Marine Science Today, a publication of Marine Science Today LLC.

About the Author

About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .

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