Lungs of the Ocean
Final Major Project

By taking in carbon dioxide and sinking it to the ocean depths, diatoms dispose of huge amounts of the most abundant of the atmosphere’s greenhouse gases. These minuscule creatures, long regarded primarily as the bottom link of the marine food chain, capture nearly as much of the gas as all the trees, grasses and other land plants combined. And of the many types of phytoplankton, diatoms are at once the most efficient carbon dioxide processors and the most prolific.

By understanding the benefits of diatoms within the environment and how they function to create the production of O2 and fossil fuels. The focus is on these primary producers and invaluable indicators of environmental change to raise awareness about the importance of diatoms among the general public. By creating a new channel of simplified & rapid communication among people about the air pollution in the environment.

The responsive visual changes determined on the co2 levels within a room, representing how diatoms work to expel co2 and produce oxygen. This is an exhibition piece for the science museum but with accompanying interactive billboards across the UK which move with the occupancy of the environment. More polluted locations will have a more hectic visual.