Gretchen Hoffman and others report results of worldwide study of ocean acidification

January 30, 2012

A UCSB marine scientist and a team of 18 other researchers have reported results of the broadest worldwide study of ocean acidification to date. Acidification is known to be a direct result of the increasing amount of greenhouse gas emissions. The scientists used sensors to measure the acidity of 15 ocean locations, including seawater in the Antarctic, and in temperate and tropical waters. “We were able to illustrate how parts of the world’s oceans currently have different pH, and thus how they might respond to climate changes in the future,” said Gretchen Hofmann, professor in UCSB’s Department of Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology. UCSB Featured News

Gretchen Hoffman
Gretchen Hofmann
Credit: Mary Sewell,
University of Auckland