Science in Progress: Of Oysters and Climate Change

Climate change has wide-reaching effects, from wildlife in their natural habitats to the foods you eat in your home. Kishore and Indre explore the ways oyster farmers and scientists are measuring ocean acidification, using custom-built water analyzers at places like Hog Island oyster farm to analyze the subtle and not-so subtle ways organisms are affected by higher-than-normal carbon dioxide conditions.

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13 thoughts on “Science in Progress: Of Oysters and Climate Change

  1. Cool insight into how science can help everyone understand what and why things change with the simplest modifications to an environmental feature.


    Are these CO2 sensors on the tsunami buoys, and a follow up why does the data have to be directly downloaded? Couldn’t they be wirelessly downloaded?

  2. Yes I agree, this is important. Have to say that as an astrophotographer myself, I also notice the changes on a yearly basis, not just decades and it does care me a bit. If I already notice it on such short time periods, it is a sign of things moving fast. Ofcourse yearly basis can be natural variation, but it’s a clear trend in my hobby for at least one decade. Since that time, many quit the hobby due to deteriorating conditions.

  3. The CO2 is on independent sensors not attached to the buoys – they do continuing monitoring and just need to be maintained/calibrated regularly. People from the Davis lab go down to the farm once a month to do the calibration, but monitor the data remotely every day. What you saw was part of a calibration routine.

  4.   100% agree! I really enjoy having premium content, but this kind of information is too important not to share with the public.

  5. This was a great piece and I agree that it should be shared on a wider basis.

    I do wonder though why the instrument seemed to be so elaborate. Do we not have better technology to make the measurements ?….If not….Why ?

    Go Makers!

  6. As an owner of an Aquarium business, this has been one of my favourite informative videos and topics you have posted.

    It’s very good to see that companies and businesses are trying to find natural solutions to a problem instead of resorting to a “cheap and easy” chemical fix/band-aid.

  7. +1 for making this premium content freely available. This has a lot of good knowledge and shows the efforts and collaborations of different groups of people.

  8. If you run an aquarium business then you are going to love our next Science in Progress feature! I don’t want to ruin the surprise but it’s right up your ally.

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