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Earth Oceans become acidFundamental changes in seawater chemistry are occurring throughout the Earth's oceans. Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, the release of carbon dioxide = CO2 from humankind's industrial and agricultural activities has increased the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.
The ocean absorbs about a quarter of the CO2 we release into the atmosphere every year, so as atmospheric CO2 levels increase, so do the levels in the ocean. Initially, many scientists focused on the benefits of the ocean removing this greenhouse gas from the atmosphere. However, decades of ocean observations now show that there is also a downside - the CO2 absorbed by the ocean is changing the chemistry of the seawater,
a process called OCEAN ACIDIFICATION
To understand the changing chemistry of the oceans and the impacts of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems. Our observations of key physical, chemical, and biological parameters support BSB's overall efforts to predict how marine ecosystems will respond and to develop management strategies for adapting to the consequences of ocean acidification
BSB researchers have been studying how CO2 emissions affect the ocean system for more than three decades and continue to monitor ocean acidification in all the Earth's oceans from coral reef ecosystems to deep North Pacific waters.
Acid water destroys calcium in corals.
Coral reefs are the kindergarten of almost all sea life
Where will the sea food of
future generations come from
We get information from volunteers collecting several types of carbon measurements throughout the Earth's oceans. We do small-scale research on cruises across ocean basins and along coastlines at regular intervals to study how ocean chemistry is changing through time.|
BSB does water testing in the surface water of the Earth's oceans. We are currently measuring pH, oxygen, chlorophyll, and turbidity to get more accurate and precise information on the changes associated with ocean acidification.
The burning of
fossil fuels by humans is the largest source of emissions of
carbon dioxide, which is one of the
greenhouse gases that reflect heat back to the Earth's surface, contributing to
global warming changing Earth oceans water chemistry, humans water supply, humans food supply!
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