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Coastal ocean acidification: The other eutrophication problem

  • Posted on: Wed, 03/30/2016 - 15:56
  • By: petert

Increased nutrient loading into estuaries causes the accumulation of algal biomass, and microbial degradation of this organic matter decreases oxygen levels and contributes towards hypoxia. A second, often overlooked consequence of microbial degradation of organic matter is the production of carbon dioxide (CO2) and a lowering of seawater pH. To ...

Ocean Acidification in the Coastal Zone from and Organism's Perspective: Multipe System Parameters, Frequency Domains, and Habitats

  • Posted on: Wed, 03/30/2016 - 15:53
  • By: petert

Multiple natural and anthropogenic processes alter the carbonate chemistry of the coastal zone in ways that either exacerbate or mitigate ocean acidification effects. Freshwater inputs and multiple acid-base reactions change carbonate chemistry conditions, sometimes synergistically. The shallow nature of these systems results in strong benthic-pelagic coupling, and marine invertebrates at ...

Saturation-state sensitivity of marine bivalve larvae to ocean acidification

  • Posted on: Wed, 03/30/2016 - 15:50
  • By: petert

Ocean acidification results in co-varying inorganic carbon system variables. Of these, an explicit focus on pH and organismal acid–base regulation has failed to distinguish the mechanism of failure in highly sensitive bivalve larvae. With unique chemical manipulations of seawater we show definitively that larval shell development and growth are dependent ...

Modeled Nitrogen Loading to Narragansett Bay: 1850 to 2015

  • Posted on: Wed, 03/30/2016 - 15:46
  • By: petert

Nutrient loading to estuaries with heavily populated watersheds can have profound ecological consequences. In evaluating policy options for managing nitrogen (N), it is helpful to understand current and historic spatial loading patterns to the system. We modeled N inputs to Narragansett Bay from 1850 to 2000, using data on population, ...

Creation of a Gilded Trap by the High Economic Value of the Maine Lobster Fishery

  • Posted on: Wed, 03/30/2016 - 15:44
  • By: petert

Unsustainable fishing simplifies food chains and, as with aquaculture, can result in reliance on a few economically valuable species. This lack of diversity may increase risks of ecological and economic disruptions. Centuries of intense fishing have extirpated most apex predators in the Gulf of Maine (United States and Canada), effectively ...

Seasonal variability of dissolved inorganic carbon and surface water pCO2 in the Scotian Shelf region of the Northwestern Atlantic

  • Posted on: Wed, 03/30/2016 - 15:41
  • By: petert

The seasonal variability of inorganic carbon in the surface waters of the Scotian Shelf region of the Canadian northwestern Atlantic Ocean was investigated. Seasonal variability was assessed using hourly measurements, covering a full annual cycle, of the partial pressure of CO2, (pCO2), and hydrographic variables obtained by an autonomous moored ...

Episodic riverine influence on surface DIC in the coastal Gulf of Maine

  • Posted on: Wed, 03/30/2016 - 15:39
  • By: petert

Anomalously high precipitation and river discharge during the spring of 2005 caused considerable freshening and depletion of dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) in surface waters along the coastal Gulf of Maine. Surface pCO2 and total alkalinity (TA) were monitored by repeated underway sampling of a cross-shelf transect in the western Gulf of ...

Sources of variability in Gulf of Maine circulation, and the observations needed to model it

  • Posted on: Wed, 03/30/2016 - 15:38
  • By: petert

Variability in the circulation of coastal oceans must ultimately be driven by changes in the meteorological conditions that force currents in the coastal ocean, and by variability in the waters entering the coastal ocean from elsewhere. If a coastal ocean is to be understood and modeled accurately, the external forcing ...

The kinematic and hydrographic structure of the Gulf of Maine Coastal Current

  • Posted on: Wed, 03/30/2016 - 15:34
  • By: petert

The Gulf of Maine Coastal Current (GMCC), which extends from southern Nova Scotia to Cape Cod Massachusetts, was investigated from 1998 to 2001 by means of extensive hydrographic surveys, current meter moorings, tracked drifters, and satellite-derived thermal imagery. The study focused on two principal branches of the GMCC, the Eastern ...

Anthropogenic ocean acidification over the twenty-first century and its impact on calcifying organisms

  • Posted on: Wed, 03/30/2016 - 15:33
  • By: petert

Today's surface ocean is saturated with respect to calcium carbonate, but increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations are reducing ocean pH and carbonate ion concentrations, and thus the level of calcium carbonate saturation. Experimental evidence suggests that if these trends continue, key marine organisms—such as corals and some plankton—will have difficulty ...

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