Study Emphasizes Challenges Faced By Marine Organisms Exposed To Global Change

2016-01-28T16:32:20+00:00 January 14, 2016|
Pacific coast. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

(Click to enlarge) Pacific coast. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The Pacific Ocean along the West Coast serves as a model for how other areas of the ocean could respond in coming decades as the climate warms and emission of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide increases.

(From Science Daily) — This region — the coastal ocean stretching from British Columbia to Mexico — provides an early warning signal of what to expect as ocean acidification continues and as low-oxygen zones expand.

Now, a panel of scientists from California, Oregon and Washington has examined the dual impacts of ocean acidification and low-oxygen conditions, or hypoxia, on the physiology of fish and invertebrates. The study, published in the January edition of the journal BioScience, takes an in-depth look at how the effects of these stressors can impact organisms such as shellfish and their larvae, as well as organisms that have received less attention so far, including commercially valuable fish and squid.

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