Seaweed forests of the future: responses to ocean acidification and warming

  • Hurd , Catriona (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Beardall, John (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Bridle, Andrew (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Gaitan- Espitia, Juan (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Raven, John (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

The aim is to discover if rising levels of oceanic carbon dioxide will offset negative effects of ocean warming on seaweeds, using targeted physiological experiments together with novel molecular diagnostics. Seaweeds create habitats and food for shellfish and fish, and play a crucial role in long term ‘blue carbon’ storage. They are
predicted to benefit from future carbon dioxide enrichment, but to test this forecast requires a detailed understanding of the mechanisms used by seaweeds to acquire dissolved inorganic carbon. The expected outcome is robust predictions of how the primary productivity of coastal waters will respond to future high carbon dioxide conditions, enabling human adaptation to environmental change.
Short titleSeaweed forests of the future: responses to ocean acidification and warming
StatusActive
Effective start/end date25/03/2031/12/23