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Ocean Acidification

Jean-Pierre Gattuso and Lina Hansson


The ocean helps moderate climate change thanks to its considerable capacity to store CO2, through the combined actions of ocean physics, chemistry, and biology. This storage capacity limits the amount of human-released CO2 remaining in the atmosphere. As CO2 reacts with seawater, it generates dramatic changes in carbonate chemistry, including decreases in pH and carbonate ions and an increase in bicarbonate ions. The consequences of this overall process, known as "ocean acidification", are raising concerns for the biological, ecological, and biogeochemical health of the world's oceans, as well ... More

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199591091
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199591091.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jean-Pierre Gattuso, editor

Lina Hansson, editor

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Chapter 1 Acidification: Background and History

Jean-Pierre Gattuso and Lina Hansson

Chapter 2 Past Changes in Ocean Carbonate Chemistry

Richard E. Zeebe and Andy Ridgwell

Chapter 4 Skeletons and Ocean Chemistry: The Long View

Andrew H. Knoll and Woodward W. Fischer

Chapter 9 Effects of Ocean Acidification on Sediment Fauna

Stephen Widdicombe and John I. Spicer

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