National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
United States Department of Commerce

Publication Documents First Evidence of Ocean Acidification Affecting Marine Organisms

November 26, 2012

In a study published November 25 online in Nature Geoscience, PMEL's Dr. Nina Bednarsek and co-authors describes the first evidence of anthropogenic carbon dioxide dissolving the shells of marine snails, known as pteropods, in the Southern Ocean.   These findings, discovered during a 2008 science cruise, are some of the first documenting the impacts of ocean acidification on marine organisms in their natural environment.

PMEL's Dr. Richard Feely is a co-author. For more information on ocean acidification please visit the PMEL Carbon website

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