When we think of the impacts of climate change, the words global warming, sea-level rise, and extreme weather will often come to mind. But another lesser-known, though equally serious, consequence of our anthropogenic footprint is the global acidification of our oceans.
Dive below the surface with our Aquatic Resources Group (ARG) to get a close-up view of an urchin barren and see how they're impacting kelp forests along the California coast.
Video by Sam Briggs, ARG Lead diver and field operations manager
What does it take to study the ocean? It’s a lot harder than you might think, considering most marine research happens in a lab instead of the ocean itself. Imagine you are starting a project at Bodega Marine Laboratory (BML) and given only two weeks with limited funding to set up your study and collect all of the data you need to answer your research question. Data collection is an enormous task, but have you ever thought about the time it takes to replicate ocean environments on land? Researchers need access to a huge supply of seawater –often under very controlled conditions– and may also need access to marine life from intertidal or coastal waters that would have to be captured and brought back to the lab.
The heroes of science aren't always those who publish groundbreaking papers; in fact, these heroes don't even publish at all. Yet their contributions are vital for progressing research, particularly in the ocean field. Marine scientists collect data through voyages in the high seas and dives in the deep depths, and scientific boating and diving in these realms can be dangerous, bringing peril to those caught unprepared. This is why the UC Davis Boating and Diving Safety Team at the Bodega Marine Laboratory (BML) works tirelessly to avert tragedies by training and serving scientists at UC Davis and throughout California.
May 21-27, 2022 is National Safe Boating Week, and the UC Davis Boating Safety Team, based at Bodega Marine Laboratory, wants to help you stay safe on the water this week and every week.
Learn more about what the team has been working on, and explore some of their tips for safe boating below, and don't forget to follow them on Facebook and Instagram for year-round boating safety updates.
Life finds a way.