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Say hello to International Octopus Day!

Well hello indeed! Check your eight watches: it’s time for International Octopus Day!  To celebrate this 8th of Octo-ber, take a look at some of the amazing animals we’ve been lucky to work with, at the Aquarium and in the deep-sea of...Show More Summary

Tokelau keen to monitor ocean acidification

The conference on Ocean Acidification (OA), currently taking place in Auckland, is very relevant to the small atoll nation Tokelau. Indeed the country is keen to become one of the pilot monitoring sites for the effects of ocean acidification. This is because the coral rims the three atolls are composed of, the lagoons they encircle, […]

Océans et climat : un duo inséparable (in French)

Les océans sont menacés par le dérèglement climatique à plus d’un titre : réchauffement, acidification, montée des eaux… De grands dangers pèsent sur les espèces marines, mais aussi sur les services que rendent les océans à l’humanité. Le 26 août 2015, la nasaa annoncé qu’une montée des océans d’au moins un mètre due au réchauffement […]

Results of the 2015 “Our Ocean” Conference: preventing and monitoring ocean acidification

The United States announced that it is working to create a new and innovative public-private partnership involving several foundations that would provide resources to enhance the ability of African coastal States to monitor and better understand ocean acidification in the Indian Ocean. The United States intends to contribute resources to support the training of African […]

10-6-15 Round the Island With the T60s

Tuesday, October 6th...thinking the Residents would be showing up this morning I went scanning early...scanned at place one and then on to the next...etc......something unusual was flat calm...should be able to see whales...Show More Summary

Ladies first: The manners of the California sheephead

A young lady sheephead on the move in Monterey. Like many fish in the wrasse family, California sheephead (Semicossyphus pulcher) change genders as they age. All begin life as females and—depending on your perspective—tragically/luckily become males later in life. Show More Summary

U. S. State Department fact sheet: Updates on commitments made at “Our Ocean” 2014

The inaugural Our Ocean conference in June 2014 generated ground-breaking commitments among international partners to promote sustainable fisheries, reduce marine pollution, and stem ocean acidification. The following are pledges made at the first conference and updates on progress made since then, as Our Ocean 2015 commences in Valparaiso, Chile. Show More Summary

NOAA awards more than $1.3 million to predict coastal acidification impacts to commercial species and vulnerable habitats

NOAA has awarded more than $1.3 million to three universities for research on how economically and ecologically important marine species and coastal habitats are affected by ocean acidification. The research that comes from these awards will tell scientists how the chemistry of the coastal ocean is changing, where these changes will be most acute, and […]

Marine animal behaviour in a high CO2 ocean

Recently, the effects of ocean acidification (OA) on marine animal behaviour have garnered considerable attention, as they can impact biological interactions and, in turn, ecosystem structure and functioning. We reviewed current published...Show More Summary

Effects of ocean acidification on marine dissolved organic matter are not detectable over the succession of phytoplankton blooms

Marine dissolved organic matter (DOM) is one of the largest active organic carbon reservoirs on Earth, and changes in its pool size or composition could have a major impact on the global carbon cycle. Ocean acidification is a potential driver for these changes because it influences marine primary production and heterotrophic respiration. We simulated ocean […]

Tolerance to elevated temperature and ocean acidification of the larvae of the solitary corals Fungia fungites (Linnaues, 1758) and Lithophyllon repanda (Dana, 1846)

Increase in atmospheric CO2 is the main driver of global climate change and is projected to elevate sea surface temperature by at least 2°C and to decrease oceanic pH by 0.3 to 0.4 units by the end of the century. These factors seriously threaten coral reef ecosystems worldwide. In Okinawa, solitary corals are an important […]

A novel marine mesocosm facility to study global warming, water quality, and ocean acidification

We describe a completely randomizable flow-through outdoor mesocosm for climate change and ecotoxicology studies that was built with inexpensive materials. The 16 raceway tanks allow up to 6× water renewal per hour, avoiding changes in natural abiotic seawater conditions. We use an open-source hardware board (Arduino) that was adapted to control heaters and an innovative […]

10-5-15 A Social Encounter of the Whale Kind

Monday, October was a long way and it was so worth it for all on board...out on Peregrine with Capt. Jim we were heading in the direction of some humpback whales when the Capt. heard that J, K, and L pods whales were on their...Show More Summary

The Future of Seafood:

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Presence of competitors influences photosynthesis, but not growth, of the hard coral Porites cylindrica at elevated seawater CO2

Changes in environmental conditions, such as those caused by elevated carbon dioxide (CO2), potentially alter the outcome of competitive interactions between species. This study aimed to understand how elevated CO2 could influence competitive...Show More Summary

Interactive effects of seawater acidification and elevated temperature on biomineralization and amino acid metabolism in the mussel Mytilus edulis

Seawater acidification and warming resulting from anthropogenic production of carbon dioxide are increasing threats to marine ecosystems. Previous studies have documented the effects of either seawater acidification or warming on marine calcifiers; however, the combined effects of these stressors are poorly understood. Show More Summary

Near-future ocean acidification impacts maintenance costs in sea-urchin larvae: Identification of stress factors and tipping points using a DEB modelling approach

Ocean acidification (OA) affects the life-history traits of marine invertebrates. To understand the effects of OA on the life cycle, and to assess its ecological consequences, it is essential to look at bioenergetics. Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) models are particularly useful to quantitatively assess the effects of (multiple) stressors on all life-history traits in an […]

The dainty but ferocious opalescent nudibranch

This lovely resident of our Discovery Labs recently laid eggs! (They’re the pink coils at left.) Opalescent nudibranchs come in a variety of colors, but all have orange and blue stripes as well as white and gold tipped cerrata (fingerlike projections) on their backs. Show More Summary

Research network on ocean acidification on its final stretch – BIOACID scientists team up for an integrated risk assessment

05 October 2015/Kiel. An in-depth assessment of possible impacts of ocean acidification on the environment, society and economy and the development of management options for decision makers are the primary goals of the German research network BIOACID (Biological Impacts of Ocean Acidification), now entering its final funding period. Show More Summary

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