In this watercolor and colored pencil piece, scientist and artist Jill Pelto uses ocean pH data to illustrate how ocean acidification affects marine species like clownfish.
The text below the artwork will help students understand why ocean acidification makes it difficult for clownfish to survive.
Students will learn that ocean acidification is destabilizing the ocean ecosystem.
The linked references provide more information on the effects of ocean acidification on marine species.
Students should be familiar with the following concepts: habitat degradation, pH levels, carbonic acid, and carbon emissions.
In art classes, students could analyze how Pelto used color, line, and negative space to convey the clownfish's loss of habitat.
In science classes, students could research other marine species that are having difficulty adapting to the increase in pH levels and make a poster or piece of digital artwork to showcase how ocean acidification impacts the species.
Other resources on this topic include this experiment that shows students why ocean acidification occurs, and thislesson plan and video on the relationship between CO2 and the acidity of water.
This resource shows the influence of human activities on ocean acidification, which impacts marine resources negatively. This resource is recommended for teaching.
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
HS.ESS3.6 Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity (i.e., climate change).
LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
7.LS2.4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
HS.LS2.6 Evaluate claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
Visual Arts: Standard 5 - Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.
VA.5.PR2.8 2. Summarize and analyze why and how an exhibition or artworks may influence ideas, beliefs, and experiences.
Visual Arts: Standard 8 - Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
VA.8.RE2.HS1 2. Orally or in writing interpret an artwork or collection of works, supported by relevant and sufficient evidence found in the work and its various contexts.