OA-ICC December calendar: 24/12- “A great wall to help stop OA”

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: “A great wall to help stop OA”!

Unfortunately a great wall will not protect our oceans from acidification but continued research into the problem might! China have been instrumental in advancing our knowledge on ocean acidification by initiating research projects and research facilities like the one described below:

Xiamen University are currently (started on Dec.15) conducting a study on the impacts of ocean acidification in a mesocosm facility located in Wuyuan Bay. The facility is a floating platform made up of 8 mesocosms each with a volume of 4 cubic meters and is solar-powered. Different acidification conditions can be induced and their effects on phytoplankton species competition, primary productivity, food chain effect and microbial processes will be observed. This is the 2nd experiment, following the 1st one (June, 2013), in which competition of different phytoplankton groups, namely, diatoms and coccolithorphores under ambient and elevated CO2 concentrations, was investigated. This facility is open to other scientific communities or individual scientists. Five marine scientists (led by Dr. Mark Wells of University of Maine ) from USA and Canada visited this facility and are planning to use it.

To learn more about ocean acidification research conducted by Xiamen University, visit their website.



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