Climate Change's Impact on Ocean Chemistry Has Far Reaching Effects

Jul 17, 2013

This diatom chain is not healthy: an indicator that environmental conditions have taken a turn for the worse
Credit Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Climate change has the potential to alter the global water cycle and the marine food chain, by changing the chemistry of the ocean. These changes are part of the numerous impacts of our changing climate, including the well-known rising temperatures and sea levels, and extreme weather events. On The PointMindy Todd talks with two ocean chemists about how changes in ocean salinity and ocean acidification will impact not just marine organisms but also humans- even those living far away from the coasts. Guests are Ray Schmitt, Senior Scientist and Physical Oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and  Sarah Cooley, Research Associate and Ocean Acidification Scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.