The burning of fossil fuels has resulted in an increase of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. The oceans absorb about one-third of this carbon dioxide, resulting in changes to ocean chemistry. Additionally, increases in freshwater and nutrient runoff can also cause changes in the carbonate chemistry of coastal waters. These local and regional processes play a particularly important role in acidification of the Southeast region. Explore monitoring locations and ecosystem chemistry below.
Monitoring is essential for understanding where and why the chemistry of our ocean is changing. SOCAN is seeking to compile a list of all acidification monitoring locations in the Southeast. If you would like to add yours to the map, please submit here.