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Ocean Chemistry, Ocean Acidification, and Oyster Growth

Classroom/Laboratory Activity

A classroom/laboratory activity to learn about the pH of ocean water, explore the potential effects of climate change on ocean acidification, and understand the possible impacts of ocean acidification on marine organisms such as oysters.

Students will explore and analyze the relationship between the growth of oyster larvae and the chemistry of ocean water (aragonite saturation state) by plotting graphs for actual data from the Whiskey Creek Hatchery in Oregon, USA.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. If ocean water became more acidic, how might it affect oyster populations?
  2. What are the possible impacts of climate change on the chemistry of seawater?
About Tool
Tool Name Ocean Acidification and Oysters Lab
Discipline Chemistry
Topic(s) in Discipline Ocean Acidification, pH Scale, Acids and Bases, Acidification, Ocean Carbonate Chemistry, Seawater Chemistry, Aragonite Saturation State, Ocean Acidity
Climate Topic Climate and the Hydrosphere
Type of tool Classroom/Laboratory Activity
Grade Level High School, Undergraduate
Location North America, United States
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Hilary Palevsky, UW Oceanography
Hosted at Program on Climate Change, College of the Environment, University of Washington
Access Online/Offline
Computer Skills Intermediate


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