Taking the Pulse of our Changing Planet
A public lecture and professional development series at Liberty Science Center

Pulse Activity Guide
Missing SINK: Carbon Dioxide and the Ocean Connection

What happens to the carbon dioxide introduced by fossil fuels into our world’s atmosphere? Estimates are that half of all carbon dioxide produced by humans since the industrial revolution has dissolved into the world's ocean. These increased inputs of carbon dioxide are changing the ocean today and are affecting the ocean’s chemistry and the organisms that call it home.

Lecture/PD Resources

Let’s take a look at how we might introduce the concepts behind carbon dioxide in the ocean and it's relationship to climate change in a K-12 classroom.

Guiding Questions

  • Where does this information fit in our curriculum?
  • What resources are available?
  • How can we integrate this information seamlessly into our current curriculum?

Online Resources

The following activities are designed to follow the scope and sequence for Ocean Literacy Principle #3: The ocean is a major influence on weather and climate, as developed by the Ocean Literacy Network.


Ocean Acidification

Carbon Sequestration

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