OA-ICC December calendar: 15/12- “Bubble bubble toil and trouble”

Count down the days until 2015 together with the OA-ICC! Each day of December you will find a short story on the OA-ICC news stream highlighting an ocean acidification project, effort, or resource.

Discover today’s story below: “Bubble bubble toil and trouble”

CO2 vents

The ocean is a wondrous place and CO2 vents are one of its many wonders.

CO2 vents caused by volcanic activity lead to areas of the ocean which are naturally rich in CO2 and therefore provide a unique opportunity to study the effect of increased acidity on marine life and ecosystems. By examining these areas we can get a clearer idea of what ocean life will look like in the high-CO2 oceans of the future. Studies in these ‘natural laboratories’ have found less biodiversity, more invasive species, fewer calcifers and more seagrass and degraded corals. Many of these studies have been conducted in the Mediterranean and the waters around Papua New Guinea by researchers participating in the European Mediterranean Sea Acidification in a changing climate (MedSea) project and from the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences (AIMS) respectively.

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