The European Mediterranean Sea Acidification in a changing climate (MedSeA) initiative is a project funded by the European Commission under Framework Program 7. It involves 22 institutions (including 6 associated partners) from 12 countries. (more…)
COP19: Side event on ocean acidification
Ocean acidification – the other CO2 problem
Ocean acidification is an emerging global concern and is a risk to marine biodiversity, ecosystems and human society. This event will highlight initiatives to address the challenges associated with ocean acidification, including the need for greater international observation and coordination.
A new international Summary for Policymakers on Ocean Acidification (IGBP, IOC-UNESCO and SCOR) and the results of the recent IPCC findings on ocean acidification will be presented at this event.
Monday 18 November 2013, 13:15—14:45
Venue: COP 19; The National Stadium, Warsaw; Room 4
Organizers: IOC-UNESCO, IAEA, PML, WMO, IMO, SCOR, IGBP
Please, find the link to the video presentation of the COP19 side event here
Additional information can also be found at the Ocean Scientist for Informed Policy website.
Free access to the Royal Society Theme Issue on ‘Ocean acidification and climate change: advances in ecology and evolution’
The Theme Issue from the Royal Society on Ocean Acidificacion compiled and edited by Jasmin A Godbold and Piero Calosi will be available free of charge from next week and during the next six weeks.
With the title ’Ocean acidification and climate change: advances in ecology and evolution’, this Special Issue contains nine contributions that consider the effects of ocean acidification and climate warming, alone and in combination, on physiological and life-history responses, biotic interactions, community dynamics and ecosystem functioning over the (more…)
XPRIZE initative on Ocean Health launched
XPRIZE (www.xprize.org), the global leader in incentivized prize competitions, today announced the launch of its next major competition: the $2 million Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE. On the heels of the successful Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup XCHALLENGE, the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE aims to spur global innovators to develop accurate and affordable ocean pH sensors that will ultimately transform our understanding of ocean acidification, one of the gravest problems associated with the rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2). (more…)
MedSeA mesocosm experiment in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea
A large scale mesocosm experiment focusing on the study of the simultaneous impact of warming and acidification on the planktonic food web is planned for late summer 2013. This experiment will take place between August 26th and September 20th2013 at the mesocosm facilities of HCMR in Crete, recently upgraded for this purpose.
Warming and acidification of the oceans are two major drivers of climate change. The impact of increased CO2 on the pelagic ecosystem has been recently studied in mesocosm experiments, however the simultaneous (more…)
XPRIZE foundation to offer new prize for ocean health
Join XPRIZE on 9th September 2013 at 7pm (BST) for an exciting live announcement that will have a significant impact on our ocean’s health.
Please click here to watch the announcement with speakers Wendy Schmidt (Schmidt Family Foundation), Dr. Peter Diamandis (Chairman & CEO, XPRIZE), Dr. Jan Lubchenco (NOAA) and Julia Roberson (Ocean Conservancy).
For more information about the XPRIZE please click here.
Session on ocean acidification at the IMBER Open Science Conference 2014
Regional responses to climatic and non-climatic drivers in a high-CO2 ocean
The oceans provide fundamental marine ecosystem goods and services to humans’ well-being by offering food, livelihoods and recreational opportunities, and by regulating the global climate. This session will cover ongoing and planned initiatives investigating the regional and basin scale impacts of climatic and non-climatic drivers on marine ecosystems. The session will focus on the accumulation of the anthropogenic greenhouse gas CO2 in the atmosphere, which has significantly risen since the inception of the Industrial Revolution and increased radiative forcing and (more…)
MedSeA oceanographic cruise along the Mediterranean Sea
On the 2nd of May 2013 the MedSeA oceanographic cruise along the Mediterranean Sea departed from Cadiz. The major campaign objective is to conduct a comprehensive water column sampling from each of the basins of the Mediterranean Sea. There will be sediment core sampling, plankton tows and aereosol collectors. The cruise has two legs: from Cadiz to Heraklion and from Heraklion to Barcelona (May 2, 2013 – June 2 – 2013). We will also deploy 4 bioArgo floats. The MedSeA campaign is also part of an international program GEOTRACES that aims to characterize and study the seawater dissolved elements. (more…)
2nd MedSeA annual meeting in Crete
To discuss and share knowledge about ocean acidification and climate change impacts on this dynamic marine environment, over 60 scientists from 12 countries, mainly from the Mediterranean region, met in Heraklion, hosted by the Hellenic Centre of Marine Research, on 5th and 6th March 2013 for the 2nd Annual Science Meeting.
Mesocosm experiment in Villefranche, February/March 2013
A joint mesocosm experiment will take place in February/March 2013 in the bay of Villefranche, near the Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche (LOV; http://www.obs-vlfr.fr/LOV/). Nine mesocosms (52 m3) will be deployed over a 30 days period and 6 different levels of pCO2 and 3 control mesocosms (~ 400 μatm), will be used, in order to cover the range of pCO2 anticipated for the end of the present century. During this experiment, the potential effects of these perturbations on chemistry, planktonic community composition and dynamics including: eucaryotic and prokaryotic species composition, primary (more…)