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The links below include informational websites, frequently asked questions about ocean acidification, interviews with scientists, resources for educators, and scientific reports.  There are also links to our partners.  For a comprehensive list, see our Partners page.

Brochures, FAQs, and Reports

NOAA Ocean, Coastal, and Great Lakes Acidification Research Plan: 2020-2029

Oceanography Special Issue on the Future of Ocean Biogeochemistry in a High-CO2 World

Ocean Acidification: The Facts

A Short Video Clip from the documentary A Sea Change

with Dr. Richard Feely and Dr. Christopher Sabine

Transcript below

0:13 >> HUSEBY: What do we got here...looks like we have Rube Goldberg working in the back room.
0:17 >> [Laughter]: What is this?
0:19 >> FEELY: We have all the components to study ocean acidification for the very first time together on this mooring.
0:25 >> SABINE: We've moved well beyond just figuring out what's the temperature change. There are chemistry changes, there are ecosystem changes, there are biological changes. All of these things are happening all at once.
0:35 >> FEELY: We always thought of CO2 as a waste product of all of the production of fossil fuels from coal and oil and automobiles. We just dumped it into the atmosphere and we said "No problem, the ocean is supposed to suck it up" and sure enough, the oceans do suck it up.
0:51 >> SABINE: We first approached all of this with the idea that, wow, the oceans are performing this tremendous service for humankind.
0:57 >> SABINE: It's absorbing 22 million tons of CO2 a day.
1:01 >> SABINE: So we first approached this and said "Great, let's go figure out how this is working, maybe we can enhance it".
1:06 >> SABINE: But it wasn't until we got out there and actually quantified that the oceans have absorbed 118 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide.
1:15 >> SABINE: A metric ton is about how much a small car weighs.
1:19 >> SABINE: And we've put the equivalent of 118 billion VW Bugs worth of CO2 into the ocean over the last 200 years. And 43 percent of that has happened just in the last 20 years. And it's growing exponentially. You know, as we start to project out to the future it really gets scary. And people say "Oh, well, the oceans are huge, you know, we could never really change...affect the oceans". Well, we are.
1:45 >> HUSEBY: They are changing.
1:46 >> SABINE: They are changing and we're measuring it.
1:48 >> SABINE: We're actually documenting it.


Video of Ocean Acidification Demonstration

with former Under Secretary of Commerce for NOAA, Dr. Jane Lubchenco

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