The Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry (OCB) program is a scientific community-driven coordinating body that promotes U.S. research and international cooperation to investigate the ocean’s role in the global Earth system. Projected increases in atmospheric CO2 levels and potential associated changes in the earth's climate have prompted scientists and engineers to devise strategies for removing some of this CO2 from the atmosphere. Strategies involve the addition of micronutrients (e.g., iron) and/or macronutrients (e.g., urea) to the ocean surface or via artificial upwelling technologies (e.g., floating tubes, wave pumping) to stimulate phytoplankton activity, thus increasing photosynthesis and subsequent removal of atmospheric CO2. Understanding the importance of keeping the OCB community connected to ocean fertilization science and policy activities, the OCB Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) recently identified the need for an ocean fertilization subcommittee. With oversight from this subcommittee, the OCB Project Office has developed this website as a clearinghouse of ocean fertilization news and informational resources to support the OCB community.
Visit http://www.whoi.edu/ocb-fert/page.do?pid=38315 for news, articles, and more on ocean fertilization!