CO2 from decaying algae blooms adds to ocean woes
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Runoff from agricultural and urban areas is speeding up ocean acidification in some coastal areas, adding to the woes resulting from increased concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide.
A new study by researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Georgia found that CO2 released from decaying algal blooms intensifies acidification, which is already taking a toll on shellfish populations in some areas.
Ocean acidification occurs when the ocean absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or from the breakdown of organic matter, causing a chemical reaction to make it more acidic. Species as diverse as scallops and corals are vulnerable to ocean acidification, which can affect the growth of their shells and skeletons. (more…)
Filed under: climate and weather, Environment, global warming, Marine biology, ocean conservation | Tagged: Algal bloom, climate, Eutrophication, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, ocean acidification, University of Georgia | 2 Comments »