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Synergistic Impacts of Global Warming and Ocean Acidification on Coral Reefs

Dates

Start Date
2011-10-01
End Date
2013-09-30

Summary

One of the greatest ecological, social and economic issues of the day is the problem of climate change. Increasing levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere are increasing global temperatures. Much of the CO2 dissolves in the ocean, creating more acidic conditions and leading to a process known as ocean acidification (OA). Higher temperatures and increased levels of CO2 operating independently are known to be detrimental to corals, but little is known about their effect when operating in unison. Irradiance has a great influence on coral calcification rates and can interact with higher temperature and increased OA to an unknown extent. Therefore, experiments were performed in continuous flow mesocosms under various levels of [...]

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Principal Investigator :
Paul Jokiel

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  • LC MAP - Landscape Conservation Management and Analysis Portal
  • Pacific Islands Landscape Conservation Cooperative

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