Funding Agency: Spanish Government- Ministry of Science and Innovation
Period: January 2022- December 2025 (48 months)
Lead Partner: University of Vigo (Uvigo)
Research Team: Biological Oceanography Group (GOB), Environmental Physics Laboratory (Ephyslab), Future Oceans Lab (FOL) from CIM-Uvigo.
External collaborators: P. Neale and W. Miller (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, SERC), K. Spilling (Marine Research Centre, Finnish Environment Institute, SYKE), I. Teixeira, P. Riobó, and J.L. Garrido (The Institute of Marine Research, IIM-CSIC), and Ana Bartual (Univeristy of Cadiz, UCA)

Ocean acidification is currently affecting the entire ocean, including estuaries and coastal ecosystems. However, its effects together with other climate change drivers have been poorly studied. The ACID project aims to contribute to determining the effects of seawater acidification on a highly productive system and to assess the effects of climate change.

ACID is a research project funded by State Program to Promote Scientific-Technical Research and its Transfer within State Subprogram for Knowledge Generation. ACID is led and coordinated by Dr. Cristina Sobrino (GOB-CIM) at University of Vigo to examine the effects of CO2 in estuarine and coastal ecosystems (ECEs) through a multidisciplinary perspective which will allow to study the effects between CO2 and other important global change drivers such as the upwelling intensity and nutrient run-off. The Future Oceans Lab (FOL) will contribute this research exploring the risks associated with the changes in CO2 concentrations to the dependent fishing and shell-fishing sectors.

ACID project stands for “The Rías Baixas (NW Iberian Upwelling System) as experimental sites for studying the impact of marine environment acidification on coastal ecosystems”. The main goal is to determine the role of elevated CO2 concentrations on the physiology, composition, structure and productivity of natural microbial plankton communities from coastal systems, its relationship with important physicochemical variables also affected by global change, such as upwelling intensity and nutrient run-off, and its environmental and social impact.

To predict the impact, including risks and vulnerabilities, of elevated CO2 concentrations on the socio-economic stakeholders of the area, FOL will design a climate risk assessment focus on acidification of the Rias Baixas and the related impacts.

The project will contribute to improve the environmental observation of the impact of important global change drivers on coastal waters, as well increasing knowledge to reduce environmental degradation and the loss of biodiversity.

You can find more information related to ACID project on this press release and the ACID webpage