The Kristineberg laboratories of the Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences lead the way in Swedish research into ocean acidification, and are now set to play a key role in a British project to study the impact of this acidification.
It is estimated that the world’s oceans are now 30% more acidic as a result of higher emissions of carbon dioxide since the industrial revolution. This constitutes a threat not least to shellfish and corals made up of calcium carbonate, which could have a drastic effect on the oceans’ ecosystems and global economic interests.
The University of Gothenburg hosts several research projects on ocean acidification, including the EU-financed EPOCA (European Project on Ocean Acidification), and researchers from both the Department of Marine Ecology and the Department of Chemistry have, in recent years, published significant findings on the accelerating acidification of the oceans.
The Kristineberg laboratories of the Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences are now set to take on an even more important role in this particular area.
Krister Svahn, expertanswer, 24 June 2010. Full article.