Changing Seas: "The Fate of Carbon"

For millennia, the exchange of CO2 between the oceans and atmosphere has been in balance. Two distinct processes, known in the scientific community as the solubility pump and the biological pump, transport carbon from surface waters down to the depths, where it can stay for thousands of years before returning to the surface and re-entering the atmosphere as CO2. Now, with more anthropogenic carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the oceans are taking up more CO2 as well. This additional CO2 is negatively impacting sensitive ecosystems through a process called ocean acidification, and scientists worry how changes to the ocean environment will affect the way carbon is cycled through the seas.

  • Alexa Elliott
    Writer
  • Alexa Elliott
    Producer
  • Sean Hickey
    Editor
  • Sean Hickey
    Videographer
  • Jeremy Nicholson
    Videographer
  • Norman Silva
    Animation Design
  • Kristin Paterakis
    Production Assistant
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Genres:
    Marine Science, Documentary, Natural History, Environmental
  • Runtime:
    26 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 28, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Bermuda, United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Distribution Information
  • American Public Television
  • Big Media
    Country: Worldwide
Director Biography

Produced at public broadcaster WPBT2/South Florida PBS, Changing Seas is a marine science series focused on ocean issues and exploration. The series goes to sea with scientists, giving viewers a first-hand look at how oceanographers and other experts study earth's last frontier.

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