Environmental, Resource and Ecological Economics

BIOACID - Biological Impacts of Ocean Acidification

September 2009 - August 2012

BIOACID - Biological Impacts of Ocean Acidification, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, deals with the questions of 1. What are the effects of ocean acidification on marine organisms and their habitat, 2. What are the underlying mechanisms of responses and possible adaptations on the level of populations and communities, how are they modulated by other environmental stressors, and 3. What are the consequences for marine ecosystems, ocean biogeochemical cycles, and possible feedbacks to the climate system? Our group will further develop the ecological-economic viability-method towards a general approach for integrated assessment of human actions influencing ocean acidification and the consequences for human well-being that takes uncertainties about future development into account.