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Monitoring of sponge respiration - Aquarius Reef Bas Florida ; non-calcifying reef organisms like sponges will likely benefit from negative impacts to corals caused by ocean acidification and climate change; research data suggest that water passing through a filter feeding X muta sponge drops more than 0.01 pH units, a significant fraction of the 0.1 drop that has already resulted from the acidification of the ocean by the increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide in recent decades.; scientists try to understand how to distinguish local acidification processes, like that from sponge respiration, from the global scale changes now occurring around the world. Only in this decade have scientists fully realized the threat of global acidification to calcifying organisms such as corals. Marine scientists around the world are now attempting to provide the information that we need to both understand and manage this important problem; field work, experiments and scientific setups of the AUG 2011 Research Mission: Ocean Acidification: Controls on Reef pH; Principal Investigator: Dr. Chris Martens, UNC Chapel Hill
Co-Principal Investigator: Dr.Niels Lindquist (left), UNC Chapel Hill

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Wild animal / Sponge / Siliceous sponge / Barrel Sponge (Xestospongia sp) / Giant Barrel Sponge (Xestospongia muta)

Environment / Hazard / Climate change / Global warming

World sea and ocean / Atlantic Ocean


Species / Species particularity / Aquatic species / Saltwater species



Environment / Biodiversity management / Environment management / Environment protection / Fauna and flora sanctuary

America / North America / United States of America / North American protected areas (United States)

Leisure / Sport / Diving / Scuba diving

Area / Marine area / Sea / Tropical sea

Area / Marine area / Sea bottom

Science / Scientific research / Laboratory

America / North America / United States of America / Southern United States / Florida

Material / Measuring instrument

Shot / Underwater shot

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Individual / Person / Man

Leisure / Sport / Diving / Diver

Science / Scientific research / Scientist

Science / Scientific research / Scientific instrument

Area / Marine area / Reef / Coral reef

Latin keywords

Eukaryota / Opisthokonta / Metazoa / Parazoa / Gelatinosa / Desmospongia / Haplosclerida / Haliclonidae / Xestospongia

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