Ocean Babies on Acid – how ocean acidification affects the young stages of ocean life
Ocean Babies Fight Back – how evolution helps the larvae of ocean species become less sensitive to acidification
Finding the Strongest Corals
On the island of Ofu in the South Pacific, Dr. Steve Palumbi searches for the strongest corals in the Pacific. The goal is to first find corals that can withstand the rising temperatures of the ocean due to climate change and then understand why they survive.
The corals of American Samoa are tough! Hidden in sun baked lagoons, these corals are in training for global warming. The football players of America Samoa are tough! Is there a common toughness shared by the football players and corals of American Samoa?
Ofu Island in American Samoa is becoming an important natural laboratory for the study of climate change. Dr. Steve Palumbi’s work in the lagoon has already led to an increased understanding of how corals may be able to survive ocean warming around the world. Sometimes direct repeatable experimentation is required to test a theory, and that is difficult to do in an uncontrollable ocean. The Robot Tidepools are a way to experimentally stress corals to find out what their temperature limits are and why some corals are more resistant to heat than others.