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New tool available for predicting the future of ocean acidification

A team of scientists from across NOAA have created a new tool to help people adapt to ocean acidification in a time of industrialization and increased emissions. The new data product, featured in the Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, combines observational data with computer simulations and will provide improved global and regional projections for ocean change.

The scientists used models of the changing ocean to determine how chemistry, biology, and physical forces could work together in a changing ocean and to provide projections for 10 different indicators of ocean acidification. They used existing “Shared Socioeconomic Pathways” (known as SSPs) previously developed by the World Climate Research Programme for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Sixth Assessment Report.

“These regional and global projections and maps enable communities across the world to develop more informed adaptation and mitigation strategies,” says the lead author of the study, Li-Qing Jiang at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information and the Earth System Science Center at University of Maryland.

Alison Gillespie, NOAA Research News, 12 April 2023. Press release.

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