The semester started off learning about broad, large scale ocean processes and this week we started our last class, ocean biogeochemistry. We delved into the nitty gritty of the essential chemical reactions that sustain life as we know it in our oceans and on Earth. This new class aims to explain the chemistry behind the warming, acidifying, and loss of dissolved oxygen in our oceans. It really highlights how these small scale reactions dictate our climate and how shifts in one aspect really ripple and create huge changes around the globe. Although the material can be very doom and gloom, the class also teaches us about seemingly simple solutions to these problems. By knowing the mechanisms behind climate change effects, we are better equipped to develop ways to mitigate the damage we are causing to the Earth.
I’m excited to see where this course takes us!