Quantifying the effects of ocean acidification on coral reefs

    A 4-year study funded by NSF addressing the effects of ocean acidification on coral reefs at multiple spatial and functional scales. The project focuses on the corals, calcified algae, and coral reefs of Moorea, French Polynesia, establishes baseline community-wide calcification data for the detection of OA effects on a decadal-scale, and builds on the research context and climate change focus of the Moorea Coral Reef LTER.

    Perturbation experiments target a mechanistic understanding of the organismic response to rising pCO2. These experiments are coupled with community-scale measurements to provide a basis to identify threshold aragonite and calcite saturation states above which coral reefs have the potential to persist. Data generated by this project will feed predictive models for understanding the possible changes in community structure that may be experienced in the next several decades.

Credit: NSF Moorea Coral Reef Long-Term Ecological Research Site
Marine scientist Peter Edmunds talks about the worldwide importance of coral reefs.

Research on Ocean Acidification (OA) at CSU Northridge


Kaneohe Bay, Oahu HI

Moorea, French Polynesia

NMMB, Taiwan

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