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.
Acidification in the U.S. Southeast
SOCAN members recently published an article, Acidification in the U.S. Southeast: Causes, Potential Consequences and the Role of the Southeast Ocean and Coastal Acidification Network, in Frontiers in Marine Science.