Why is this competition important?
Ocean acidification is one of the biggest threats to ocean health. But our ability to measure, and thus respond to, changes in ocean pH is hampered by a lack of tools for ocean sensing. This competition will incentivize the creation of breakthrough pH sensors, and ultimately the value of monitoring and understanding our ocean broadly.
Is this a global competition?
Yes. Teams from around the world are expected to enter and compete for the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE.
What do I need to do to compete?
Form a team and begin innovating. We are seeking outside-the-box solutions to an outsized challenge. Learn more about entering the competition on our Registration Process page.
What will this technology look like?
The winners of the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE will produce pH sensors that have breakthrough abilities to accurately measure the pH of ocean waters from coastal environments all the way to the deepest depths, and with unprecedented affordability and ease-of-use.
Who will use these new technologies?
Breakthrough ocean sensors are needed by marine industries including science, management, fisheries, and everyone else in the seas. And by catalyzing the growth of a global industry in ocean services, the data and information produced by such breakthrough technologies can spur value for any community or company with a stake in the sea. Which is basically all of us.
Why should I care about ocean health? How does it really affect me?
The ocean provides oxygen, food, etc. And the changes to basic ocean chemistry brought on by ocean acidification could threaten these fundamental pieces of marine ecosystems and, ultimately, the health of the planet.
Where can I learn more about ocean acidification?
- To learn more about the science behind ocean acidification, visit NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory: http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/co2/story/Ocean+Acidification
- For more information on the impacts of ocean acidification on humans and marine life, visit the NRDC’s website: http://www.nrdc.org/oceans/acidification/
- NRDC has produced a film diving into the causes and consequences of ocean acidification: http://www.nrdc.org/oceans/acidification/aboutthefilm.asp
- For more on what can be done to address ocean acidification, visit the Deeper Dive at Ocean Conservancy: http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/ocean-acidification/deeper-dive.html