Where does OCB stand on ocean fertilization?

In 2012, OCB released a position statement regarding its stance on commercially driven ocean fertilization experiments that do not adhere to international protocols. OCB continues to be in support of scientifically rigorous, well-controlled ocean fertilization experiments that comply with international protocols for ocean dumping and marine pollution.

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What Is Ocean Fertilization?

Ocean fertilization is a form of geoengineering (large-scale human actions to deliberately manipulate environmental systems) that involves adding nutrients to the upper (sunlit) layers of the ocean to stimulate phytoplankton activity (photosynthesis) in an attempt to draw down atmospheric CO2 levels.

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Iron-Dumping Ocean Experiment Sparks Controversy

“Iron-Dumping Ocean Experiment Sparks Controversy,” an article in Nature published May 2017. Canadian foundation says its field research could boost fisheries in Chile, but researchers doubt its motives.

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Climate Intervention Reports

The National Research Council released pre-publication versions of two reports Climate Intervention: Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration and Climate Intervention: Reflecting Sunlight to Cool Earth (4-page brief available here)

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Geoengineering Open Ocean Impact Study

A 2013 study addresses geoengineering impact of open ocean dissolution of olivine on atmospheric CO2.

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About this Site

The Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry (OCB) Program developed this website as a clearinghouse of ocean fertilization news and informational resources to 1) increase public knowledge and awareness on this topic, and 2) advance scientific research to improve our understanding of the implications of ocean fertilization for marine ecosystems.

Learn more about OCB and other organizations’ stances on ocean fertilization experiments.

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Funding for the Ocean Carbon & Biogeochemistry Project Office is provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The OCB Project Office is housed at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.