The deep ocean under climate change

TitleThe deep ocean under climate change
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsLevin L.A, Le Bris N.
Date Published2015/11
Type of ArticleEditorial Material
ISBN Number0036-8075
Accession NumberWOS:000364897000032
Keywordsabyssal; biodiversity; ecosystem; habitat; impacts; oxygen minimum zones; sea; services

The deep ocean absorbs vast amounts of heat and carbon dioxide, providing a critical buffer to climate change but exposing vulnerable ecosystems to combined stresses of warming, ocean acidification, deoxygenation, and altered food inputs. Resulting changes may threaten biodiversity and compromise key ocean services that maintain a healthy planet and human livelihoods. There exist large gaps in understanding of the physical and ecological feedbacks that will occur. Explicit recognition of deep-ocean climate mitigation and inclusion in adaptation planning by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) could help to expand deep-ocean research and observation and to protect the integrity and functions of deep-ocean ecosystems.

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