|European Science Foundation (ESF) Science Policy Briefing #37 on the “Impacts of Ocean Acidification”|
|Wednesday, 25 November 2009 09:56|
The European Science Foundation (ESF) Science Policy Briefing #37 on the “Impacts of Ocean Acidification” is available for download (or for request of paper copies) on the ESF publication webpage.
An ESF Science Policy Briefing entitled “Impacts of Ocean Acidification”, a joint activity of LESC and the ESF-Marine Board, was published in August 2009. It gives a comprehensive view from leading scientists in Europe and in the USA on this topic. Ocean acidification is the hidden partner of climate change. The increasing acidity levels currently observed could in the future reduce the oceans‟ capacity to absorb carbon dioxide. In addition, this reduced absorption will contribute to irreversible changes in ocean chemistry, with yet unclear implications for marine ecosystems and fisheries resources and the human communities that rely on them.
Much should be done at the international level to understand and tackle the challenges posed by acidic oceans in addition to those related to global warming. A series of key Recommendations for European Actions has been presented in order to fully understand the impacts of ocean acidification: