|Document Type:||Journal Article|
|Title:||CO2 sensitivity experiments are not sufficient to show an effect of ocean acidification|
|Journal:||ICES Journal of Marine Science|
|Keywords:||Ocean acidification,time series,laboratory rearing experiments|
The ocean acidification (OA) literature is replete with laboratory studies that report species sensitivity to seawater carbonate chemistry in experimental treatments as an “effect of OA”. I argue that this is unintentionally misleading, since these studies do not actually demonstrate an effect of OA but rather show sensitivity to CO2. Documenting an effect of OA involves showing a change in a species (e.g. population abundance or distribution) as a consequence of anthropogenic changes in marine carbonate chemistry. To date, there have been no unambiguous demonstrations of a population level effect of anthropogenic OA, as that term is defined by the IPCC.
|Full Text URL:||http://icesjms.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2016/07/07/icesjms.fsw085.abstract|
|Theme:||Ecosystem approach to improve management of marine resources|
Assess ecosystem status and trends.
McElhany, P. CO2 sensitivity experiments are not sufficient to show an effect of ocean acidification. 2016. ICES Journal of Marine Science, doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsw085.