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Press Release 10-240

Ocean Acidification Changes Nitrogen Cycling in World Seas

New results indicate potential to reduce certain greenhouse gas emissions from oceans to atmosphere

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Photo of water samples in the Sargasso Sea being collected for studies of ocean acidification.

Water samples in the Sargasso Sea being collected for studies of ocean acidification.

Credit: Cheryl Chow


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Illustration showing how nitrogen is converted into different chemical forms by microbes.

Nitrogen is an important nutrient; it's converted into different chemical forms by microbes.

Credit: Michael Beman


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Photo of scientist Michael Beman preparing to collect seawater off the coast of southern California.

Scientist Michael Beman prepares to collect seawater off the coast of southern California.

Credit: Anand Patel


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Photo of David Hutchins preparing an experiment with marine microbes.

David Hutchins, a member of the research team, readies experiment with marine microbes.

Credit: Cheryl Chow


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Photo of the island of Oahu, Hawaii, from the deck of the research vessel Kilo Moana.

Island of Oahu, Hawaii, from the deck of the research vessel Kilo Moana, used in the study.

Credit: Michael Beman


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Graph showing seawater pH versus year for the Bermuda-Atlantic time-series study.

Ocean acidification as measured by pH via the NSF-funded Bermuda-Atlantic time-series study.

Credit: Michael Beman, UC-Merced, and Nicholas Bates, BIOS


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