Basics of Ocean Acidification

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If surface temperatures don’t skyrocket soon, expect to hear a lot in the coming months about “ocean acidification.”  This sounds scary, and that is the point of emphasizing it in the runup to Paris COP.

So here’s the basic chemistry of CO2 and H20:

That seems straight forward,  So what is the problem?

That looks fairly serious.  So what does the IPCC have to say about this issue?

What does it say in the SPM (Summary for Policy Makers)?

For this issue, I looked at the topic of ocean acidification and fish productivity. The SPM asserts on Page 17 that fish habitats and production will fall and that ocean acidification threatens marine ecosystems.

“Open-ocean net primary production is projected to redistribute and, by 2100, fall globally under all RCP scenarios. Climate change adds to the threats of over-fishing and other non-climatic stressors, thus complicating marine management regimes (high confidence).” Pg 17 SPM

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2 responses to “Basics of Ocean Acidification

  1. Considering all of their other failed predictions, I’m having a hard time getting my shorts in a bunch.

  2. Coach Springer

    That’s a good, well-rounded but basic primer. Just read the latest acid will destroy report over at WUWT. Seems like there is a whole lot of distilling going on, whether it is the IPCC politicians distilling what they want from Working Group Reports or in every study that distills a theoretical possibility to the exclusion of all other factors and possibilities.

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