RESEARCH - California Near-Shore Environments

Many ecologically and commercially important marine organisms potentially vulnerable to ocean acidification (e.g., oysters, mussels, sea urchins) live in near-shore coastal environments. However, we know relatively little on how seawater carbonate chemistry varies over time and space in these environments and how it will change in the future. Some of these environments already experience seawater pH levels not anticipated in the open ocean until the year 2100 and beyond. Can these naturally high CO2 and low pH environments tell us something about the future and the organisms living under these conditions?

Tide Pools

Near-Shore Zone