Lucie Ahn, James Flynn, Roland Huang
Global climate change is the alteration of the earth’s climate system, and ocean acidification pertains to a decrease in pH due to dissolving carbon dioxide into the ocean. Though scientists view the two as equally important, the public is less aware of ocean acidification than global climate change. Also fewer people understand scientific basis for both than those who are simply aware of the two. We focus on gathering information about 1) the difference in people’s understanding of ocean acidification and global climate change and 2) how people acquire their knowledge. To assess baseline knowledge, a survey was conducted through Mturk, an online survey database. Examining the results of a survey, we anticipate that there will be a positive correlation between the public’s knowledge of global climate change and ocean acidification. Also we hypothesized that most people obtain their knowledge from televised news sources such as CNN and ABC.