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Societal causes of, and responses to, ocean acidification.

Journal article
Authors Sverker C. Jagers
Simon Matti
Anne-Sophie Crépin
David Langlet
Jonathan N. Havenhand
Max Troell
Helena L Filipsson
Victor R Galaz
Leif G Anderson
Published in Ambio
Volume 48
Issue 8
Pages 816-830
ISSN 1654-7209
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of marine sciences
Department of Law
Department of Political Science
Pages 816-830
Language en
Subject categories Earth and Related Environmental Sciences, Political Science, Law


Major climate and ecological changes affect the world's oceans leading to a number of responses including increasing water temperatures, changing weather patterns, shrinking ice-sheets, temperature-driven shifts in marine species ranges, biodiversity loss and bleaching of coral reefs. In addition, ocean pH is falling, a process known as ocean acidification (OA). The root cause of OA lies in human policies and behaviours driving society's dependence on fossil fuels, resulting in elevated CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere. In this review, we detail the state of knowledge of the causes of, and potential responses to, OA with particular focus on Swedish coastal seas. We also discuss present knowledge gaps and implementation needs.

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