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Rapid acidification of the Eastern Pacific Ocean
Description: Scientists have now investigated how the acidity and the degree of carbonate saturation along the west coast of the USA will develop in the future. Using a high-resolution model, they first simulated the circulation of the area, in particular the upwelling processes. Then they combined this physical model with models of the ecosystems and of the carbon cycle, taking into consideration especially the exchange of CO2 with the atmosphere. By doing so, they were able to create projections for different atmospheric CO2 scenarios until the year 2050. [Source: ETH Zurich]
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Source: ETH Zurich
Publish Date: 6/14/2012
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