“Coral reefs and ocean acidification”: AGCI public lecture, 2 August 2016

“Coral Reefs and Ocean Acidification: Effects of an Unsustainable Energy Syste”

Join AGCI for a free public lecture from Dr. Ken Caldeira, of the Carnegie Institution for Science.

A social reception with wine and cheese will follow the event, offering an opportunity to discuss the lecture and ask further questions.


Most of the CO2 released when we burn coal, oil or gas is eventually absorbed by the oceans, where it reacts with seawater leading to acidification. Ocean acidification has been shown to harm many marine organisms, including corals, under controlled laboratory conditions. This talk will describe how Dr. Calderia’s team altered seawater chemistry in a natural ecosystem without any artificial confinement, for the first time ever, and measured the biological response in order to better understand ocean acidification and its impacts on corals Dr. Caldiera will describe the effects of ocean acidification on corals, his team’s research in the great barrier reef, and the need for energy technologies that provide for human systems while protecting the natural environment. This lecture is part of a series offered in honor of Walter Orr Roberts.

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