Understanding the impact of ocean acidification – precise sensor technology enhances environmental research

From September 2009 to August 2012 PreSens participated in the project “Biological Impacts of Ocean Acidification (BIOACID)” funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) developing new sensor technology for the determination of the partial pressure of CO2 dissolved in fluids of marine organisms and marine environment.

Under the coordination of GEOMAR, the Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel, more than 100 scientists and technicians from 14 German research institutes and universities were aiming towards a better understanding of ocean acidification and its impact on the marine ecosystem. PreSens developed and tested new CO2 sensor technologies in order to enable the partners to measure environmental levels of CO2 in various applications.

The increasing acidification of the oceans due to rising carbon dioxide emissions from anthropogenic sources is posing a serious risk to marine life forms throughout the whole marine food chain, form tiny plankton to whales. The BIOACID project focused on enhancing our knowledge about the effects of ocean acidification on marine organisms and their habitat. One goal of the project was the development of precise detection technology for carbon dioxide partial pressure in biological samples and liquids, since this is an essential tool for researchers to determine the environmental conditions in their field of interest. Cooperation partners within the network tested and applied the sensors and devices PreSens had developed, and collected valuable information on this important topic. The continuous advances in precise detection technology for environmental and climate relevant analytes will improve knowledge and raise awareness for the impacts of environmental changes.


Christina Schlauderer Communications PreSens Precision Sensing GmbH Phone: +49 941 94 27 21 09 E-Mail: christina.schlauderer(at)presens.de

PreSens Precision Sensing GmbH, 3 December 2012. Article.

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