THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Ocean Studies Board
Committee on the Development of an Integrated Science Strategy for Ocean Acidification
Monitoring, Research, and Impacts Assessment
A National Strategy to Meet the Challenges of a Changing Ocean
The ocean has absorbed a significant portion of all human-made carbon dioxide emissions, benefiting society by moderating the rate of climate change, but also causing unprecedented changes to ocean chemistry. Carbon dioxide taken up by the ocean decreases the pH of the water and leads to a suite of chemical changes collectively known as ocean acidification. The long term consequences of ocean acidification are not known, but are expected to result in changes in many ecosystems and the services they provide to society. Requested by Congress in P.L. 109-479 and P.L. 110-161, this summary of the full report (which shall be released at a later date) reviews the current state of knowledge and identifies gaps in understanding of the issue.
These series of briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report summary was publicly released on April 22, 2010 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.