IUCN hails launch of XPRIZE on ocean health

10 September 2013 | News story

The Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE, launched this week with IUCN as a partner, promises to improve our understanding of how carbon dioxide emissions are driving the process of ocean acidification, a global threat that could greatly affect multiple levels of the ocean's food chain.

The $2 million global competition will challenge teams of engineers, scientists and innovators from all over the world to create pH sensor technology that will affordably, accurately and efficiently measure ocean chemistry from its shallowest waters to its deepest depths. This information will, in turn, serve to inform decision makers on what action needs to be taken to address climate change in the coming years and what protection measures will be necessary to boost ocean resilience in the face of multiple and cumulative threats.


This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.