Jonathan Stark and Glenn Johnstone
Australian Government, Department of the Environment
Australian Antarctic Division
antFOCE Under the Ice: Investigating Ocean Acidification in Antarctica
Wednesday — July 23, 2014
Pacific Forum — 3:00 p.m.
Ocean acidification poses a particular threat to polar ocean ecosystems. The same chemistry that sees chilled champagne hold more CO2 fizz than warm champagne ensures that polar marine ecosystems will see increasingly acidic conditions in the future. To date, ocean acidification research on polar region flora and fauna has been laboratory and mesocosm focused. The Antarctic Free Ocean Carbon Enrichment experiment (antFOCE) will place two control units and two -0.4 pH offset treatments under the Spring ice cover in coastal waters off Casey Station, Antarctica to assess the vulnerability of Southern Ocean Floor Communities to continuing, and increasing, CO2 emissions.