A new Google Earth tour explores the phenomenon of ocean acidification and explains why even small changes to ocean chemistry could have profound implications for marine life and future economic activities.
Follow the tour as we fly from the Great Barrier Reef to remote islands in the Arctic and the bubbling seabed off Vesuvius in Italy.
Hear stories of how ocean acidification is already affecting marine life and livelihoods' dependent on a healthy ocean, such as shellfish farming.
Narration, script and production: Dan Laffoley from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Chair of Europe's Ocean Acidification Reference User Group.
Production and script: Owen Gaffney (International Geosphere and Biosphere Programme)
The animated sequence of ocean acidification through to the year 2300 was created using data provided by the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology www.mpimet.mpg.de (courtesy Dr. Tatiana Ilyina) and the visualization tools of the German Climate Computing Center www.dkrz.de (courtesy Dr. Michael Böttinger).
Film clips courtesy of Canadian Broacasting Group's One Ocean, Greenpeace, Tipping Point by Nicolas Koutsikas and Laurence Jourdain, Georama TV Production.
Learn more at http://www.ocean-acidification.net/.