SCRIPPS ocean acidification web page

The Problem:

Anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions are resulting in increased concentrations of CO2 in the world’s oceans leading to reductions in pH and carbonate saturation state with subsequent impacts to calcifying marine organisms. This so called “ocean acidification” is expected to alter the growth and calcification rates of numerous marine organisms-most notably those that have shells or skeletons. The more acidic conditions associated with the current and changing ocean chemistry are expected to alter the carbonate saturation states in seawater thereby making it more difficult for organisms to build carbonate structures or to secrete skeletons and shells. If CO2 emissions continue at present rates, OA could have profound impacts on marine ecosystems globally.

The Charge:

The field of ocean acidification necessarily requires a multidisciplinary approach to gain a better understanding of the interactions between atmospheric and ocean chemistry, physics, biogeochemistry and the interactions of these processes with marine organisms. At Scripps Institution of Oceanography numerous researchers across several disciplines are working independently or together to better understand patterns of OA and impacts on relevant marine organisms. By creating an OA working group at SIO we hope to facilitate a greater number of interactions and synergies among labs, increase visibility of our research and enhance our capacity for fundraising. 

 

SCRIPPS Institution of Oceanography – Center for Marine Biodiversity & Conservation. Full web site.

 


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