COSEE Ocean Systems: News
Local Factors Cause Dramatic Spikes in Coastal Ocean Acidity
Description: Natural short-term variability in acidity was observed over the course of one year exceeding 100-year global predictions for the ocean as a whole and may already be exerting added pressure on some of the estuary's organisms, particularly shelled organisms that are especially susceptible to changes in pH. The short-term spikes in estuarine acidity were driven by changes in temperature, water flow, biological activity and other natural factors, and are occurring in addition to the long-term acidification taking place in Earth's oceans as a result of human-caused climate change. [Source: Duke University]
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Source: Duke University
Publish Date: 12/23/2013
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