acidification is the name given to the ongoing decrease in
the pH of the Earth's oceans, caused by their uptake of anthropogenic
carbon dioxide from the atmosphere…. Since the industrial
revolution began, it is estimated that surface ocean pH has
dropped by slightly less than 0.1 units, and it is estimated
that it will drop by a further 0.3 - 0.5 units by 2100 as
the ocean absorbs more anthropogenic CO2. [Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocean_acidification].
This makes life more difficult for shell-building ocean organisms,
including coral reefs and many species of phytoplankton.
scientists believe that if Atmoceanâ€™s system mildly
accelerates the process whereby CO2 is suspended in the mid-ocean
or sinks into the seafloor sediments, this could be beneficial
for the upper ocean where most of these shell-builders live.
In effect, upper ocean pH would stabilize or perhaps get slightly
better and mid-ocean pH decrease more quickly.
To discuss in more detail how Atmoceanâ€™s technology might
help mitigate changes in pH caused by atmospheric CO2 dissolving
into the oceans, please contact Philip W. Kithil, CEO, at [email protected]