INFORMATION PAVILION: THE HEXAGON OF AWARENESS CONCERNING THE RISING ACIDITY OF EARTH’S OCEANS AND THE EFFECTS OF C02 ON OCEAN DWELLING SPECIES, FOOD WEBS, & OCEAN ECONOMIES.

Screen Shot 2016-02-16 at 10.07.12 AM(Note – picture is not in Hexagon form, is a visual mockup)

Week 4: Project Proposal & Concept Maps

INFORMATION PAVILION: THE HEXAGON OF AWARENESS CONCERNING THE RISING ACIDITY OF EARTH’S OCEANS AND THE EFFECTS OF C02 ON OCEAN DWELLING SPECIES, FOOD WEBS, & OCEAN ECONOMIES.

Using a pre existing script written for previous Pcomp and ICM final projects, as well as my entry in the 2015 Winter Show, I intend to build an information pavilion displaying the effects of Ocean Acidification. Using a colorful lo-fi infomercial styling, a long and over-stylized name, I intend for the video pavilion to be informative, vibrant, and approachable, and use ironic humor to grab the public’s attention. Using the medium of video I will bring the viewer through from our present day oceanic conditions to how we imagine them to be in 2100. Due to the fact that Ocean Acidification is a comparably newly studied phenomenon (1999 is an oft quoted year as being the beginning of its study) many experiments are done to predict the near future of our oceans’ health so that we can get an acute understanding of how far along the affects of carbonic acid have been. Such experiments include the incubation of organisms in seawater conditions formulated to how we predict they will be 85 years from now and the drilling and collecting of samples of sediment and coral deep beneath the ocean in heavily affected areas. I intend to use these experiments to give a realistic depiction of how our current living practices will change  life on earth from from modern day to the year 2100.

 

Topics to focus on:

  • species and food webs
  • volcanic natural experiments
  • Champaign sites
  • shellfish agriculture
  • shellfish economy
  • wild seafood economy
  • tribal harvesting

 

Action:

  • Reduce carbon dioxide emissions
  • Reduce nutrient runoff into ocean
  • Adapt and remediate ocean acidification
  • Invest in research and monitoring –
  • Inform the public of OA
  • Inform the public which species are most affected
  • Inform the public what habitats are most affected
  • Government at all levels must cooperate

Concept Maps:

Last week’s concept mapping exercise was not only very useful for helping my topic expand within my own mind’s eye, but as well gave me a nice perspective on the topic of a fellow temporary expert. If possible in class I hope to visit more concept maps and help expand the topics and open up new pathways of thinking together as a group. The concept map I looked over last week was Appropriate Tech and it completely opened up a great conversation between Christina and myself. For instance, she is very focused on the Panama coffee industry’s high volume use of water to sheer the cherry off of the coffee beans within. This causes many dangers to the ocean habitats surrounding these farms as the nutrient rich runoff enters the ocean and destroys the surrounding habitats. I will be looking further into this and I hope we can work together on a segment for my information pavilion.

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