Benthic acidification: UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme


The aim of this consortium project, as part of the UK Ocean Acidfication Research Programme was to quantify, predict and communicate the impact of ocean acidification on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in three key UK coastal habitats: soft sediments, calcareous biogenic habitats (such as cold water coral reefs and maerl beds) and the rocky intertidal.

There were six main scientific objectives of the project:

  • To quantify the impact of ocean acidifcation and warming on the health and activity of key benthic organisms
  • To assess the potential for organisms adaptation to ocean acidification and warming
  • To quantify the impact of ocean acidification and warming on the biogeochemistry of marine benthic habitats
  • To quantify the impact of ocean acidification and warming on benthic microbial communities
  • To predict the impact of future carbon dioxide scenarios on the population dynamics of benthic marine organisms
  • To predict the impact of future carbon dioxide scenarios on the biodiversity and functioning of coastal habitats

This project has been completed


Key information

Funder: NERC

Project start date: July 2010

Project end date: December 2014

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Contact

Professor Steve Widdicombe
Head of Science - Marine Ecology and Biodiversity

Other participants

Amanda Beesley, Caroline Louise McNeill, Dr Ana Queirós, Dr Helen Findlay, Dr Helen Parry, Dr Karen Tait, Dr Luca Polimene, Dr Tom Vance, Jerry Blackford, Joana Nunes