Monday, December 4 SOARCE webinar "Carbon Comes Home: Kelp Aquaculture to Benefit both Sea and Soil"
Phytoremediation—broadly defined as the use of living plants to clean up contaminated soil, air, and water—has been generating a lot of buzz as a potential strategy to ease ocean acidification. Phytoremediation in this context refers to harnessing the photosynthetic power of marine algae (i.e. kelp and seaweed) to absorb dissolved carbon dioxide in order to boost seawater pH and reduce stress on shelled organisms like mussels and oysters. Scientists are evaluating this approach in shellfish growing states like Washington and Maine, and the mariculture industry and government agencies that are already getting behind commercial cultivation of ‘sea vegetables’ are poised to capitalize on this potential co-benefits to seawater chemistry. In this webinar, we’ll follow the evolving story of an experimental kelp farm in Washington’s Hood Canal, including a serendipitous partnership with a local terrestrial farmer, review relevant curricular materials published by Maine’s Island Institute and others, and explain how phytoremediation can be used to teach essential concepts about the earth’s carbon cycle.
Monday, December 4th!
6:00pm EST (3:00pm PST)
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