Articles | Volume 13, issue 12
Biogeosciences, 13, 3701–3715, 2016
Biogeosciences, 13, 3701–3715, 2016

Research article 23 Jun 2016

Research article | 23 Jun 2016

Ocean acidification in the subpolar North Atlantic: rates and mechanisms controlling pH changes

Maribel I. García-Ibáñez et al.


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (24 May 2016) by Jack Middelburg
AR by Maribel I. García-Ibáñez on behalf of the Authors (24 May 2016)  Author's response
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (27 May 2016) by Jack Middelburg
Short summary
We assessed the progressive acidification (pH decrease) of the North Atlantic waters from direct observations between 1991 and 2015. The greatest pH decreases were observed in surface and intermediate waters. We conclude that the observed pH decreases are a consequence of the oceanic uptake of anthropogenic CO2. In addition we find that they have been partially offset by alkalinity increases.
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