Ocean Acidification in the Northeast

What is ocean acidification?

The burning of fossil fuels has increased the amount of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in the earth's atmosphere and the oceans absorb about a quarter of this excess CO2. Over the last decade, scientists have discovered that this excess CO2 is actually changing the chemistry of the oceans and proving harmful for many forms of marine life. This process is known as ocean acidification because the increasing CO2 is lowering the pH of the oceans and making them more acidic.

What is being done about it?

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ocean Acidification Program and Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) are working closely with other federal agencies to monitor and research ocean acidification. Their efforts will help our nation begin to understand how to address this problem on a global scale and how to help reverse it.

The Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS) receives funding through the NOAA Ocean Acidification and IOOS programs to help monitor ocean acidification in Northeast ocean waters.  

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