Ocean acidification and coral reef bleaching

The meeting “Effects of climate change on the World’s oceans” (Gijón, Spain, 19-23 May 2008) will have a session on ocean acidification convened by Ove Hoegh-Guldberg and Richard A. Feely.

The global oceans are the largest natural long-term reservoir for this excess heat and CO2, absorbing approximately 85% of the heat and 26% of the combined carbon sources from deforestation and fossil fuel burning. Recent studies have demonstrated that both the temperature increases and the increased concentrations of CO2 in the oceans are causing significant changes in marine ecosystems. Many marine organisms are already affected by these anthropogenic stresses, including impacts due to coral bleaching and ocean acidification. The goal of this session is to review recent data on the physical, chemical, biological and geological impacts on marine ecosystems due to effects of ocean warming and acidification. Conceptual, experimental and modelling contributions at a variety of spatial and temporal scales are welcome.
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