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Synthesis report on ocean acidification in UK waters

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Synthesis report on ocean acidification in UK waters

Carbon dioxide and ocean acidification observations in UK waters

Ocean acidification is the large-scale, long-term fall in pH (increase in hydrogen ion concentration) occurring as an inevitable consequence of increasing carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. This report brings together relevant data on CO2 and ocean acidification measurements for UK waters, from UKOA, PLACID and other sources (SOCAT, GLODAP, ICES, SSB, and more). It updates Charting Progress 2 (Defra, 2010), based on Hydes et al. (2011), by focussing on measurements made between 2010 and 2015. The current synthesis was initiated in response to policy requirements identified in early 2015 by the Ocean Processes Evidence Group (OPEG), part of the Defra-led UK Marine Monitoring and Assessment Strategy (UKMMAS). Updated information on variability and trends in marine CO2 and ocean acidification was considered necessary for several upcoming reviews and updates on the status of UK seas. These include the Initial Assessment of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) in 2016/2017; UK inputs to future OSPAR (Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic) Quality Status Reports for the North Atlantic; and other national reviews of marine climate change; e.g. planned reports of the Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) and the Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA).

M-KEN were delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to the report.  Read the full report here

Posted by on Mon, 30 Oct 2017

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