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Ocean Acidification


Melting sea ice exposes more seawater surface area to the atmosphere, resulting in increased uptake of atmospheric CO2 in polar regions.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is conducting research on ocean acidification in polar, temperate, subtropical, and tropical regions including the Arctic, Gulf of Mexico and Florida estuaries, and the Caribbean and Pacific. Research strategies include new approaches for seawater chemistry observation and modeling, assessment of physiological effects on organisms, changes in marine ecosystem structure, new technologies, and information resources. Read more in the Project Overview.

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