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AFSC Seminar Series No. 15

Scheduled Seminars

"Ocean Acidification: The Other CO2 Problem"

Presenter: Richard Feely, NOAA/PMEL
When: Tuesday, January 30, 2007, 11:00am
Where: Bldg. 9 Auditorium,  AFSC, Sand Point Campus, Seattle, Washington

  • This seminar will be transmitted live to the Auke Bay Laboratory (main conference room).
  • When arriving from off the WRC campus, leave extra time to check in with security at the gate and at the entrance to building 4.


Changes are occurring in ocean chemistry in response to continually rising levels of atmospheric CO2. Studies have demonstrated adverse impacts on a number of marine species in response to ‘ocean acidification.’ For example, the rate at which reef-building corals produce their skeletons has been shown to decrease with ocean acidification and could decline to levels insufficient to maintain reefs by 2050. This would compromise the viability of these ecosystems and impact thousands of species dependent on reef habitat. Scientists have also seen a reduced ability of plankton to produce protective structures under these conditions. As these organisms are important food sources to commercial fish species, there could be potentially significant economic consequences. Dr. Feely will summarize ongoing research on ocean acidification and address the issue of how NOAA research might respond to this emerging scientific problem.

Presenter's Bio:

Dr. Richard A. Feely is a Supervisory Oceanographer at the NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle. He also holds an affiliate professor faculty position at the University of Washington School of Oceanography. His major research areas are carbon cycling in the oceans and ocean acidification processes. He received a B.A. degree in chemistry from the University of St. Thomas, in St Paul, Minnesota in 1969. He then went onto Texas A&M University where he received both an M.S degree in 1971 and a Ph.D. degree in 1974. Both of his post-graduate degrees were in chemical oceanography. He serves as a member of the U.S. Science Steering Committees for the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program, the U.S. Ocean Carbon and Climate Change Program, and the U.S. Carbon and Biochemistry Program. Dr. Feely has authored more than 150 refereed research publications.



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