Oceans absorb approximately one-third of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. While the oceans role in absorbing CO2 has helped mitigate the effects of emissions on earth’s climate, it has caused fundamental changes in ocean chemistry through a phenomenon known as ocean acidification (OA). Emerging research indicates this global challenge will have some of the earliest and most severe effects on the coastal communities and ecosystems of North America’s west coast.
Last fall, our MARINE (Monterey Area Research Institutions’ Network for Education) program hosted two innovative events that brought students and experts together to discuss pressing ocean issues. The first event focused on the importance of linking art and science, while the second stressed the need to link national security with ocean protection.