Exploring Ocean Acidification

By July 18, 2011 Ocean News

This May Be the Most Important Video About the Oceans!

If you have 12 minutes to spare, check out this interesting short film released by the Plymouth Marine Laboratory called “Ocean acidification: Connecting science, industry, policy and public.”

About the Movie

While we hear much about climate change in the news, ocean acidification is not so widely covered. In fact, ocean acidification is referred to as “climate change’s evil twin” in the film, since both are caused by increases in carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere, yet ocean acidification will have a more immediate and important impact in the next few decades. One scientist states: “It’s going to be more important than a warming ocean or an overfishing ocean or a polluted ocean. Ocean acidification is the most important scientific process that we face today.” Such important claims are backed up in the film, and the urgency of ocean acidification can be well understood.

The movie first explains how ocean acidification works, then describes how science must be translated into effective management plans and policies. Clear communication and the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration is made clear, showing how people of all domains (science, policy, industry, public) are brought together to discuss and share opinions on ocean acidification issues.

Admittedly, I know much less about ocean acidification than I probably should. This video definitely peaked my interest in the matter and hopefully it will do the same for you!

At around the 7:33 mark, you will find out how scientists, policy makers, and industry are working together to gain a better understanding of Ocean Acidification and how to reduce or eliminate the problem.

About the Author

Lauren Donnelly earned her B.Sc in Biology and International Development Studies from Dalhousie University and her M.Sc. in Integrated Water Resources Management from McGill University. She has vast work experience, most recently working in capacity building, climate change and ocean conservation in Jamaica. Lauren enjoys discussing and debating environmental issues, and translating scientific information for non-scientists.

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