Ocean acidification

William R. Howard, Merinda Nash, Michael Ellwood, Bradley Eyre, Ralf Haese, Gustaaf Hallegraeff, Katy Hill, Catriona Hurd, Cliff Law, Andrew Lenton, Richard Matear, Ben McNeil, Ken Anthony, Malcolm McCulloch, Marius N. Müller, Philip Munday, Bradley Opdyke, John M. Pandolfi, Russell Richards, Donna RobertsBayden D. Russell, Abigail M. Smith, Bronte Tilbrook, Katherine Schmutter, Anya Waite, Jane Williamson, Helen Bostock, Donald Bromhead, Maria Byrne, Kim Currie, Guillermo Diaz-Pulido, Stephen Eggins

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Increasing atmospheric CO₂ concentration is causing increased absorption of CO₂ by the world’s oceans, in turn driving a decline in seawater pH and changes in ocean carbonate chemistry that are collectively referred to as ocean acidification. Evidence is accumulating to suggest ocean acidification may directly or indirectly affect many marine organisms and ecosystems, some of which may also hold significant social and economic value to the Australian community. This report aims to provide a brief overview of the current state of scientific knowledge regarding the process of ocean acidification; current and future projected levels of ocean acidification; and, observed and projected impacts of current and future predicted levels of ocean acidification on marine organisms and ecosystems in the region. This report also briefly discusses potential social and economic implications, policy challenges, and the key knowledge gaps needing to be addressed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMarine climate change in Australia
Subtitle of host publicationimpacts and adaptation responses : 2012 report card
EditorsElvira S. Poloczanska, Alisair J. Hobday, Anthony J Richardson
Place of PublicationCleveland, Qld
PublisherCSIRO: Climate Adaptation National Research Flagship
Number of pages38
ISBN (Print)9780643109278
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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