Local factors causing significant spikes in coastal ocean acidity
Washington: A new study has documented dramatic, natural short-term increases in the acidity of a North Carolina estuary.
The short-term spikes in the acidity of the estuary were driven by changes in temperature, water flow, biological activity and other natural factors, the researchers said. And they are occurring in addition to the long-term acidification taking place in Earth`s oceans as a result of human-caused climate change.
Lead author Zackary I. Johnson, Arthur P. Kaupe Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology at Duke`s Nicholas School of the Environment, said that the natural short-term variability in acidity they observed over the course of one year exceeds 100-year global predictions for the ocean as a whole and may already be exerting added pressure on some of the estuary`s organisms, particularly shelled organisms that are especially susceptible to changes in pH.
The study was conducted at the Pivers Island Coastal Observatory at the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort, N.C., as part of a long-term coastal monitoring program.
Researchers collected seawater samples from Beaufort Inlet weekly for a year and on a daily and hourly basis for shorter periods to track changes in the water`s pH and dissolved inorganic carbon on multiple time scales.
The Duke team`s analysis showed that a wide range of natural variables, including changes in temperature, algal production and respiration, and water movement caused by tides and storms, triggered sharp spikes in the inlet`s acidity. Some changes occurred over the course of a season; others took place on a daily or hourly basis.
The study appears in the peer-reviewed open-access journal PLOS ONE.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Panel discussion over vote bank politics on Hinduism
- DNA: Terrorists' new strategy of snatching weapons from Indian security personnel
- Pak High Commission staffer grilled for spying, released later
- Watch: Report on delayed development in Ayodhya
- DNA: Ground reporting of the deteriorating sanctity of Ayodhya
- Pakistan's brutality exposed; `Black Day` protesters thrashed in PoK - Video goes viral
- Pakistan High Commission staffer, briefly detained for espionage, asked to leave India in 48 hours
- National Geographic's famed ''Afghan Girl'' arrested in Pakistan for forgery
- Hrithik Roshan, Yami Gautam's 'Kaabil' trailer shocks Rakesh Roshan
- India vs New Zealand, 4th ODI: As it happened...