Ocean acidification gets deep in the Mediterranean Sea!

Source: MedSeA

Scientists within the MedSeA project have been examining the concentration of human-produced carbon, taken from Mediterranean field measurements, which is high and unusually penetrating deeper waters. Typically ocean acidification (pH decrease) affects the sea surface but this work has identified evidence of pH decrease throughout the water column, with the effect being more prominent in the NW Mediterranean Sea. Due to the complexity and high variability of the Mediterranean basin, ocean acidification will have different regional impacts, such as in regions where projections of (winter and summer) sea surface temperature are likely to increase up to 2oC by the year 2050, if rates of anthropogenic CO2 emissions continue at today’s rate.

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