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Ocean Acidification

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  • Ocean Acidification

    Ocean acidification is the change in pH of seawater due to the oceans absorbing carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere.

    Why does ocean acidification happen?

    • Impacts on ocean life & ecosystems
      • Examples of impacted organisms
        • Invertebrates
          • Corals
          • Pteropods
          • Oysters, Mussels, Clams
          • Urchins
        • Fish
        • Foraminifera
      • Examples of ecosystem scale responses
      • Interactions with other stressors (multistressor)
        • hypoxia
        • changes in salinity

    Multimedia Sources:

    www.teachoceanscience.net/tea...t_coral_reefs/ (Coral acidification)

    Excellent, general introductory video:

    http://youtu.be/Wo-bHt1bOsw (source: Alliance for Climate Change, youtube)

    OA pH Graph: www.pmel.noaa.gov/co2/file/pH+Time+Series

    www.whitehouse.gov/sites/defa...march_2014.pdf

    http://ocean.si.edu/ocean-acidification Videos in the news section for multimedia - bml.ucdavis.edu/research/rese...acidification/ Video - https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9j8KEhpEg0s Maps - www.sciencedirect.com/science...04420314001042