Scott Doney Ocean Climate Change  and Acidification: Global‐Scale  Human Impacts on the Sea

Ocean Climate Change and Acidification: Global‐Scale Human Impacts on the Sea
Scott Doney
Senior Scientist and Chair of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Changing atmospheric composition due to human activities is already impacting ocean circulation, biogeochemistry, and ecology. Elevated atmospheric CO2 alters Earth’s radiative balance, leading to global‐scale warming, alterations in the water cycle, and climate change. The ocean stores the majority of resulting anomalous heat, which drives other physical, chemical, and biological impacts. The ocean also absorbs roughly one‐quarter of anthropogenic CO2 emissions resulting in ocean acidification, including declining pH and saturation state for calcium carbon minerals, which may impact many marine organisms. Climate warming will likely
slow ocean CO2 uptake, but is not expected to significantly reduce upper ocean acidification. Improving the accuracy of future model projections requires better observational constraints on current rates of ocean change and a better understanding of the mechanisms controlling key physical and biogeochemical processes.
12:00‐1:00 FREE EVENT in Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall
Lunch will be provided – first come, first served