What Is Ocean Acidification?
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory Carbon Group
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- Most relevant in a life science or chemistry class focusing on an often overlooked and enormously important impact of burning fossil fuels.
- Might best be used as context for a series of basic chemistry experiments understanding buffering, acidity, dissolution, and carbonate reactions.
About the Science
- In the text surrounding the image there is a good overview of the chemistry and consequences of ocean acidification.
- Image shows a simplified version of a portion of the sea water chemistry that leads to ocean acidification.
- Passed initial science review.
- Comments from expert scientist: Accurate, condensed information about ocean acidification and its impacts - both present (observed) and future (predicted).
About the Pedagogy
- This site has potentially helpful background on the complex chemical interactions and impacts of CO2 from the atmosphere on the marine ecosystem.
- Additionally, this site provides links to papers, data, and graphs, which will aid further investigation.
- Other steps of the chemical process are shown in other graphics that are available on this website.
Technical Details/Ease of Use
- Good illustration with background information on ocean acidification.
- Background information the the science and how related research is conducted is included.
Entered the Collection: March 2012 Last Reviewed: July 2016