Research on ocean acidification has seen a remarkable development over the past decade and has become one of the fastest growing fields of research in marine sciences. Today it is among the top three global ocean research priorities.
As one of the largest national research programmes on ocean acidification, BIOACID has contributed to quantifying the effects of ocean acidification on marine organisms and their habitats, unravelling the mechanisms underlying the observed responses, assessing the potential for evolutionary adaptation, and determining how these responses are modulated by other environmental drivers.
In its third phase that started on October 1, 2015, BIOACID aims to synthesize the information gained on ocean acidification impacts in an integrated assessment of sensitivities and uncertainties in order to identify the potential thresholds associated with ocean acidification, evaluate possible socio-economic consequences, identify management options and communicate its knowledge towards a wide audience, ranging from the scientific community, stakeholders and decision makers to the general public.
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) supports the project that is coordinated by GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel with 4.3 million Euros.