A video micro-lecture that explains carbonate buffering in the ocean. It includes discussions on the changes in the chemical composition of the ocean caused by a higher concentration of dissolved CO2, ocean acidification and the resulting effect on ocean biota.
Students will learn how oceans behave as carbon sinks by absorbing atmospheric CO2, and how ocean pH levels are maintained owing to the buffering capacity of seawater. They will also learn how increased levels of atmospheric CO2 and the resultant higher CO2 concentration in seawater, an excess of free hydrogen (H+) ions leads to ocean acidification and sequestration of more carbonate (CO32-) ions to keep the system in equilibrium.
Use this tool to help students find answers to:
- Describe carbonate buffering in the ocean.
- What is ocean acidification?
About the Tool
|Tool Name||Ocean Buffer Chemistry|
|Discipline||Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Earth Sciences|
|Topic(s) in Discipline||Carbonate Buffering, Carbonic Acid, Buffer Capacity, pH, Acids and Bases, Buffer Range, Ocean Acidification|
|Climate Topic||Climate and the Hydrosphere, Climate and the Atmosphere|
|Type of Tool||Video micro-lecture|
|Grade Level||High school, Undergraduate|
|Developed by||Prof. David Archer, University of Chicago|
|Hosted at||University of Chicago|