Ocean Acidification Will Destroy Our Ocean
Marine life is having their habitats threatened by the increase of greenhouse gasses.
In particular, the new study shows that the overall temperature increase globally is threatening marine life because of pollution and rising temperatures.
Rise in pollutants like plastic and mercury in the ocean contribites to the decrease in marine life by ruining habitats and killing marine organisms
But, the greatest threat to marine life comes from ocean acidification.
The oceans around the world that have seen the highest temperature increase have also seen ocean acidification. Ocean acidification is believed to be responsible for reduced biodiversity and ecosystem services because it upsets the balance of the water in that ecosystem.
It has also been realized that places of higher sea level rise also see more ocean acidification.
Ocean acidification has been linked to an increase in the rate of extinction.
“The new findings suggest that the impact of sea level rise will be greater in areas that are vulnerable to the effects of ocean acidification,” says Yannick VanderLey, a professor of geoscience at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and one of the study’s co-authors.
“The findings also suggest that further research in the area of sea level is a key area for the study of climate change.”
“The trend suggests that the entire marine ecosystem will be affected by the effects of ocean acidification,” VanderLey adds. “The fact that our study found that sea level rise has already accelerated suggests that there is an immediate need to understand the effects of the current policy measures.”
The study analyzed data collected between 1980 and 2000. The team used time-labor and energy-intensive techniques such as remote sensing. The researchers used satellite altimeters that measured sea level from the air.
“It’s an exciting study that brings together geoscience and geography,” says VanderLey.