Friday, April 24, 2009
Scripps Presents Southern California Premiere of Film on Climate Change's Impact on Oceans
Free May 7 screening showcases the first documentary about ocean acidification
Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San DiegoWHAT: Imagine a world without fish. A new documentary on climate change and the oceans proposes just that.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego will host the Southern California premiere of the film, "A Sea Change," the first documentary about ocean acidification, a little-known but potentially devastating threat to ocean life. Following the screening will be a question-and-answer period with award-winning filmmakers Sven Huseby and Barbara Ettinger, along with Scripps experts who conduct research on ocean acidification. They include Scripps Oceanography Director Tony Haymet, marine chemist Andrew Dickson and biological oceanographer Victoria Fabry, who is featured prominently in the film.
"A Sea Change" explores the dangers of ocean acidification, which threatens ocean life. Photo courtesy of Daniel de la Calle for Niijii Films.
THE FILM SCREENING IS FREE AND THE PUBLIC IS INVITED
WHEN: Thursday, May 7, 2009, 5:30 p.m. (90-minute film, followed by 20-minute Q&A)
WHERE: Robert Paine Scripps Forum for Science, Society and the Environment (Scripps Seaside Forum), 8610 Kennel Way, just north of El Paseo Grande in La Jolla. Limited parking is available in adjacent lots. Street parking is also available off El Paseo Grande and La Jolla Shores Drive.
RSVP required. Seating is limited. Click here to RSVP
FILM BACKGROUND: Sven Huseby, a lifelong environmentalist, never knew that greenhouse gases endanger the oceans until he read a 2006 New Yorker article on the devastating effects of ocean acidification. The process, by which excess carbon dioxide alters water chemistry, is creating a profound threat to the food chain.
Huseby and his partner and wife, award-winning director Barbara Ettinger, have created a feature-length documentary about ocean acidification that takes viewers all over the globe. The odyssey begins when Huseby, who stars in the film, meets the author of the New Yorker article, and continues as he meets with charismatic entrepreneurs whose daring innovations may help turn the tide on changing ocean chemistry.
Driving filmmaker Sven Huesby's quest is concern for his five-year-old grandson Elias and what environmental conditions his generation will inherit. Photo courtesy of Daniel de la Calle for Niijii Films.
Driving Huseby's voyage is concern for his five-year-old grandson Elias and what environmental conditions his generation will inherit. "A Sea Change" shows viewers how they can begin to discuss the complex threats of climate change with younger generations.
SCRIPPS RESEARCH: Under director Tony Haymet's leadership, Scripps Oceanography is emerging as an international center of ocean acidification research. Scripps marine chemist Andrew Dickson established the reference standards that are used worldwide to ensure the uniform quality of carbon and alkalinity measurements in seawater. Such uniform, high-quality data has been key to helping scientists around the world recognize and understand the nature of ocean acidification.
Victoria Fabry, a biological oceanographer and visiting researcher at Scripps, studies the effects of ocean acidification on the mollusks known as pteropods. Fabry and Dickson plan to deploy carbon dioxide sensors this year, one in Carlsbad, Calif., and the other off the Northern California city of Trinidad. Fabry will conduct complementary tests in the lab to understand how varying pH levels affect pteropods and other marine organisms at different stages of development.
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Scripps Institution of Oceanography, at University of California, San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest and most important centers for global science research and education in the world. The National Research Council has ranked Scripps first in faculty quality among oceanography programs nationwide Now in its second century of discovery, the scientific scope of the institution has grown to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. Hundreds of research programs covering a wide range of scientific areas are under way today in 65 countries. The institution has a staff of about 1,300, and annual expenditures of approximately $155 million from federal, state and private sources. Scripps operates one of the largest U.S. academic fleets with four oceanographic research ships and one research platform for worldwide exploration.
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