Climate Change and the Oceans

Climate Change and the Oceans

The open oceans are acidifying quickly, due to human introduction of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. Scientists at the Center for Climate and Life study living plankton and ancient fossils to chart and understand the processes involved. Here, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory geochemist Bärbel Hönisch collects plankton off the southwestern coast of Puerto Rico; Hönisch’s research focuses on understanding the role of the ocean and, in particular, the role of marine carbonate chemistry in global climate change.

Watch Hönisch discusses ocean acidification in this Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory video.

Image: Steve Doo