Ocean Acidification

Paperback | September 27, 2011

EditorJean-Pierre Gattuso, Lina Hansson

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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 generatesdramatic 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 as for the potential societal implications. This research level text is the first to synthesize the very latest understanding of the consequences of ocean acidification, with the intention of informing both future research agendas and marine management policy. A prestigious list of authors has been assembled, among them the coordinators ofmajor national and international projects on ocean acidification.

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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 generatesdramatic changes in carbonate chemistry, inc...

Jean-Pierre Gattuso is CNRS Research Professor at the Laboratoire d'Oceanographie de Villefranche, CNRS and Universite Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris 6. His main research activity relates to the cycling of carbon and carbonate in coastal ecosystems. More recently, he focused on the response of marine organisms and ecosystems to ocean acid...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.68 inPublished:September 27, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Wallace S. Broecker: Preface1. Jean-Pierre Gattuso and Lina Hansson: Ocean Acidification: Background and History2. Richard E. Zeebe and Andy Ridgwell: Past Changes of Ocean Carbonate Chemistry3. James C. Orr: Recent and Future Changes in Ocean Carbonate Chemistry4. Andrew H. Knoll and Woodward W. Fischer: Skeletons and Ocean Chemistry: The Long View5. Markus G. Weinbauer, Xavier Mari, and Jean-Pierre Gattuso: Effect of Ocean Acidification on the Diversity and Activity of Heterotrophic Marine Microorganisms6. Ulf Riebesell and Philippe D. Tortell: Effects of Ocean Acidification on Pelagic Organisms and Ecosystems7. Andreas J. Andersson, Fred T. Mackenzie, and Jean-Pierre Gattuso: Effects of Ocean Acidification on Benthic Processes, Organisms, and Ecosystems8. Hans-Otto Portner, Magda Gutowska, Atsushi Ishimatsu, Magnus Lucassen, Frank Melzner, and Brad Seibel: Effects of Ocean Acidification on Nektonic Organisms9. Stephen Widdicombe, John I. Spicer, and Vassilis Kitidis: Effects of Ocean Acidification on Sediment Fauna10. James P. Barry, Stephen Widdicombe, and Jason M. Hall-Spencer: Effects of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function11. Frances Hopkins, Philip Nightingale, and Peter Liss: Effects of Ocean Acidification on the Marine Source of Atmospherically-Active Trace Gases12. Marion Gehlen, Nicolas Gruber, Reidun Gangsto, Laurent Bopp, and Andreas Oschlies: Biogeochemical Consequences of Ocean Acidification and Feedback to the Earth System13. Carol Turley and Kelvin Boot: The Ocean Acidification Challenges Facing Science and Society14. Fortunat Joos, Thomas L. Frolicher, Marco Steinacher, and Gian-Kasper Plattner: Impact of Climate Change Mitigation on Ocean Acidification Projections15. Jean-Pierre Gattuso, Jelle Bijma, Marion Gehlen, Ulf Riebesell, and Carol Turley: Ocean Acidification: Knowns, Unknowns, and PerspectivesIndex