Ocean acidification (CLIM 043) – European Environment Agency assessment, June 2014

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has recently issued an assessment on ocean acidification, with a temporal coverage for collected data from 1998 to 2100. The assessment tries to address a major policy question: what is the trend in the acidity of ocean water? Some of the key messages comprised in the assessment refer to: the pace at which ocean acidification is currently occurring; the impact on marine organisms and, respectively, ecosystems and fisheries; the most affected parts of the world ocean and decreasing pH of deep ocean waters, particularly in the high latitudes. The assessment gives an overview of the past trends and presents several future projections, while also emphasizing the terms of the prospective recovery from human-induced acidification.

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