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Ocean Acidification, BICA Roatan

Ocean Acidification Monitoring

Ocean Acidification, BICA Roatan

Ocean acidification is a pressing issue affecting the health and stability of marine ecosystems worldwide. It is primarily driven by the increasing levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, which is absorbed by the ocean and leads to a decrease in seawater pH. To address the challenges posed by ocean acidification, we have initiated an ocean acidification monitoring program to understand its impacts and inform mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Ocean Acidification, BICA Roatan

Why do we do it?

Ocean acidification poses a significant threat to marine life and ecosystems. As the pH of seawater decreases, it becomes more acidic, affecting the ability of marine organisms to build and maintain their shells and skeletons. This can have cascading effects on the entire food web, from phytoplankton to larger marine species, including commercially important fish and shellfish, as well as reef-building corals. By monitoring ocean acidification, we can quantify its extent, identify vulnerable areas and species, and develop strategies to mitigate its impacts.

Ocean Acidification, BICA Roatan

What are we doing?

Our ocean acidification monitoring program systematically collects seawater samples from various locations, including coastal areas and offshore regions. We currently measure pH and alkalinity to assess the seawater's acidification levels and its potential impacts on marine organisms.

We have also deployed autonomous pH sensors to continuously monitor seawater chemistry over extended periods. This sensor provides real-time data, allowing us to capture fluctuations and seasonal variations in ocean acidification.

Through our monitoring efforts, we aim to understand the drivers and mechanisms of ocean acidification, identify areas at high risk, and assess the vulnerability of key marine species and ecosystems. This information is crucial for developing effective adaptation and mitigation strategies and informing policies to reduce CO2 emissions and protect marine ecosystems.

How you can help?

Monitoring ocean acidification is a collective effort; your involvement can make a difference. Here's how you can contribute:

Reduce Carbon Footprint, How to help BICA Roatan

Reduce carbon footprint

Minimize your personal carbon emissions by adopting sustainable practices in your daily life. This includes conserving energy, using energy-efficient appliances, reducing reliance on fossil fuels, and choosing renewable energy sources when available

Support Volunteer - BICA Roatan How to help?

Support data collection

Join our team of volunteers to assist with sample collection, sensor deployment, and data retrieval.

How you can help? - OCEAN ACIDIFICATION, Awareness BICA Roatan

Promote awareness

Educate others about ocean acidification, its causes, and its impacts on marine ecosystems. Raise awareness about the importance of reducing carbon emissions and advocate for sustainable practices to mitigate ocean acidification

Ways to Give

Join us in protecting the stunning marine and coastal biodiversity of the Bay Islands in Honduras by supporting our conservation efforts and safeguarding the future of our oceans for generations to come.


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