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Special Feature: Advances in Ocean Acidification Research

Focus on dynamic coastal systems

Ocean acidification is widely recognized as a threat to ocean ecosystems. Ocean observations have revealed steady changes in the ocean carbon system associated with increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide. At the same time, perturbation experiments performed in the laboratory and field have demonstrated generally negative biological responses to the observed changes in carbon system variables. Advancing the state of ocean acidification science now requires expanding the focus of inquiry in ways that will help to anticipate the state of the future ocean and its effects on mankind. This Special Feature invites contributions that provide new insights into multiple stressors, ecological and evolutionary processes, systems-level interactions, and policy responses as they relate to ocean acidification. Contributions that address ocean acidification in the context of global ocean change are especially welcome.

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