Skip to comments.Scripps blockbuster: Ocean acidification happens all the time — naturally
Posted on 10/05/2012 12:01:24 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
There goes another scare campaign.
Until recently we had very little data about real time changes in ocean pH around the world. Finally autonomous sensors placed in a variety of ecosystems from tropical to polar, open-ocean to coastal, kelp forest to coral reef give us the information we needed.
It turns out that far from being a stable pH, spots all over the world are constantly changing. One spot in the ocean varied by an astonishing 1.4 pH units regularly. All our human emissions are projected by models to change the worlds oceans by about 0.3 pH units over the next 90 years, and thats referred to as catastrophic, yet we now know that fish and some calcifying critters adapt naturally to changes far larger than that every year, sometimes in just a month, and in extreme cases, in just a day.
Data was collected by 15 individual SeaFET sensors in seven types of marine habitats. Four sites were fairly stable (1, which includes the open ocean, and also sites 2,3,4) but most of the rest were highly variable (esp site 15 near Italy and 14 near Mexico) . On a monthly scale the pH varies by 0.024 to 1.430 pH units.
(Excerpt) Read more at joannenova.com.au ...
Poor man....He has such trouble admitting that he knows little....and the best he can ever be is an observer.
Time for Lubchenco to get her resume updated.