Current Events in Oceanography: Salinity
Intro to SL project
Introduction to SL assignment.
A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions that come from the production, use and end-of-life of a product or service. It includes carbon dioxide — the gas most commonly emitted by humans — and others, including methane, nitrous oxide, and fluorinated gases, which trap gas in the atmosphere, causing global warming. Usually, the bulk of an individual’s carbon footprint will come from transportation, housing, and food.
The increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide is affecting our climate, but most people do not know that it also affects our oceans and its organisms in multiple ways. The service-learning project will make you more aware of your carbon footprint and the effects of increased atmospheric carbon dioxide on the ocean. Effects are the following 1) increasing temperatures, which affect development of organisms, (i. e., coral bleaching) 2) ocean acidification (affects food chain, dissolved calcium carbonate, so dissolved shells of organisms making them weaker, and 3) sea level rise, which affects salinity and habitats. It is said that ocean acidification is climate change’s evil sister, in which a few people know about. You will have to list the effects (three listed above) of increase atmospheric carbon dioxide to the ocean and ocean organisms
https://www.epa.gov/climate-indicators/oceans (Links to an external site.)
https://www.epa.gov/climate-indicators/greenhouse-gases (Links to an external site.)
Climate change on Marine_ Brierley and Kingsford 2009.pdf
In your own words, summarize the topic being discussed in your current news event. Please submit a .docx file.
1.The reasons for the increasing temperatures of the ocean? Which affect development of organisms. Explain the ocean acidification (affects food chain, dissolved calcium carbonate, so dissolved shells of organisms making them weaker. Why the sea level rise? Which affects salinity and habitats
2. Relating to your service-learning project. Increase in CO2 is related to sea level rise (SLR). How is SLR affecting salinity in the coastal environment? Is salinity increasing or decreasing due to SLR? Please see the article listed below. Please note that your final question for the service-learning project is to list ways that increase in CO2 in the atmosphere is affecting the ocean.
Once you are finished, you should have written a robust 2 paragraphs (15-30 sentences).
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