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BIOACID Exhibition – “OCEAN ACIDIFICATION: The Other Carbon Dioxide Problem”

From the Arctic to the tropics, ocean acidification changes life in the sea. By absorbing manmade carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere, the ocean slows down global climate change. But in seawater, the greenhouse gas causes a chemical reaction with far-reaching consequences: carbonic acid is formed, and the pH drops. Many plants and animals that build their shells or skeletons of calcium carbonate are at serious risk, because they need more energy to maintain growth in more acidic water. Organisms that convert carbon dioxide into energy by photosynthesis, however, could benefit. In addition, certain species are able to adapt to new conditions in the long run. The roles in the marine food web are redefined, while other factors such as rising temperatures, loss of oxygen, eutrophication, pollution or overfishing additionally might further influence the effects of ocean acidification.

The German research network BIOACID examines the effects of acidification on the life and biogeochemical cycles in the ocean – and on all those who depend on it.

In an exhibition of the BIOACID project, the two nature photographers Solvin Zankl and Nick Cobbing present BIOACID members at their work and introduce organisms that current ocean acidification research focuses on.

Next to each photo, there is a panel with a QR code that can be read by smart phones with a suitable app. The code leads to image descriptions and background information as well as additional videos on this website.

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Crossing the Ecoline: a visual response to increasing levels of ocean acidification

This text is presented in conjunction with my exhibition Crossing the Ecoline and is a visual response to changing levels of ocean acidification. My art making is informed by the processes of dispersal and dissolution that occur at the point where the absorption of carbon dioxide takes place between the atmosphere and the ocean. This project is of an interdisciplinary nature and traverses art and science – both technically and through collaboration. By working in close consultation with marine scientists I hope to draw attention to the little-known issue of ocean acidification through creative means. Through the consideration of materials and processes I aim to bring attention to where billions of microorganisms called phytoplankton live. The project is concerned with the idea of the edge: boundary or border as a conceptual notion, as well as through my art making practice, its interdiscplinarity and subject matter.

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Monegasque Association on Ocean Acidification (AMAO): “Blue ocean” (video)

A video prepared by the Moneqasque Association on Ocean Acidification (AMAO).


Association Monégasque sur l’Acidification des Océans (AMAO): “Bleu Océan” (video, in French)

A video prepared by the Moneqasque Association on Ocean Acidification (AMAO).


“Molly sells mussels no more”: remake by Enda Reilly, Ireland (audio)

Dublin singer-songwriter Enda Reilly writes in both English and Irish, and his Irish songs can be heard regularly on RTÉ Radio na Gaeltachta.

Enda was contacted by @Lemonsea via a tweet requesting a song about ocean acidification after them hearing his song “We All Own The Sky” on the UNFCCC website. It was an issue the author had wanted to write a song about for quite a while so this was the perfect opportunity. Molly Malone is the a well known character from a Dublin song and somehow the ghost of Molly has made it into this song. Enda added the first verse of the original song for anyone who may never have heard it just as an intro.

The author hopes it will help with the awareness of ocean acidification ahead of the Paris COP21 in December.

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Lost at Sea (video)

The Australian Early to Mid-Career Researcher Forum of the Australian Academy of Science has launched an ‘Inspire Australia’ video research competition to showcase innovative research being performed in laboratories and universities across Australia.

The video below on ocean acidification by Tullio Rossi, PhD student at the University of Adelaide, is one of the entries of the competition.

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Reminder: Second Annual World Oceans Day Photo Competition (subsmission deadline approaching)

Registration open until 22 May 2015, 5pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)!

In 2008, the United Nations General Assembly decided that, as from 2009, 8 June would be designated by the United Nations as “World Oceans Day” (resolution 63/111, paragraph 171).The UN designation of World Oceans Day is an opportunity to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans, and be part of the solutions.

You can share the beauty and importance of the ocean, through your photographs!. Photography is a powerful medium of expression that can be used to communicate strong positive messages about a subject. This open and free photo contest seeks to inspire the creation and dissemination of such positive imagery, which conveys the beauty and importance of the ocean.

Five thematic categories are open for photographic submissions: (1) Underwater Seascapes, (2) Underwater Life, (3) Above Water Seascapes, (4) Humans Interaction: Taking Action on Climate Change and Ocean Acidification, (5) Youth: open category, any image of the ocean – below or above the surface – photographed by a young person under age 16 (as of 1 April 2015).

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