Establishing ocean acidification monitoring system for tropical waters of Indonesia facing regional climate variability

Emission of greenhouse gasses, including high CO2 and other materials, initiating global warming and climate change. Atmospheric CO2 that affect the carbonate system of seawater cause ocean acidification. Indonesian sea with a unique geolocation has important role in this emerging phenomenon. Ocean acidification (OA) not only affect marine organism as a direct effect but also economic and ecological for the human being. Considering the high impact of OA and following the global responsibility on Sustainable Development Goals, it is necessary to conduct systematic research and monitoring on OA in Indonesia. In this review, we are informing the urgency of the OA monitoring system and suggest the carbonate system monitoring as well as carbon biogeochemistry studies for OA. We also introduce an initiative of biogeochemical monitoring for OA at Lombok island with the established protocols. Improvement of many aspects including analysis instrumentations, analysis method, sample treatment, and sampling frequency will be a new insight in conducting further research and monitoring of OA.

Prayitno H. B., Puspitasari R., Jandang S., Triana K., Taufiqurrahman E., Lestari, Afdal, Wulandari I., Harmesa, Meirinawati H., Lastrini S., Kaisupy M. & Wahyudi A. J., 2020. Establishing ocean acidification monitoring system for tropical waters of Indonesia facing regional climate variability. ASEAN Journal on Science & Technology for Development 37(3): 638. doi: 10.29037/ajstd.638. Article (subscription required).


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