Understanding ocean acidification impacts on organismal to ecological scales

Oceanography
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Abstract

Ocean acidification (OA) research seeks to understand how marine ecosystems and global elemental cycles will respond to changes in seawater carbonate chemistry in combination with other environmental perturbations such as warming, eutrophication, and deoxygenation. Here, we discuss the effectiveness and limitations of current research approaches used to address this goal. A diverse combination of approaches is essential to decipher the consequences of OA to marine organisms, communities, and ecosystems. Consequently, the benefits and limitations of each approach must be considered carefully. Major research challenges involve experimentally addressing the effects of OA in the context of large natural variability in seawater carbonate system parameters and other interactive variables, integrating the results from different research approaches, and scaling results across different temporal and spatial scales.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Understanding ocean acidification impacts on organismal to ecological scales
Series title Oceanography
DOI 10.5670/oceanog.2015.27
Volume 28
Issue 2
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher The Oceanography Society
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Contributing office(s) St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description 13 p.
First page 16
Last page 27
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N