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By Robin Warner, Clive Schofield

Climate swap and the Oceans investigates the results of weather swap at the ocean setting and its implications for maritime actions, either globally and in the Asia Pacific region.

This distinct paintings attracts jointly knowledgeable opinion from a number of disciplines to envision the affects of weather switch on marine and coastal components and evaluation criminal and coverage responses to the swiftly altering ocean atmosphere. matters together with the consequences on fisheries and marine biodiversity within the Asia Pacific sector, maritime protection, international delivery, marine jurisdiction and marine geo-engineering also are explored.

Examining the a number of affects of weather switch at the oceans and ocean established strategies to mitigate the hostile affects of weather swap, this thought-provoking ebook will turn out worthwhile to teachers, researchers and scholars within the fields of legislation, surroundings, ecology and political technological know-how. Oceans and marine environmental policymakers also will locate this to be an important resource.

Contributors: A. Arsana, M. Haward, O. Hoegh-Guldberg, S. Kaye, R. Kenchington, L. Kirkendale, S. Palassis, C. Rahman, R. Rayfuse, A. Rubio, C. Schofield, R. Warner, percent. Winberg

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While the consequences of a less alkaline ocean are less dramatic than those seen during a mass bleaching event, the impact of changes to ocean chemistry and pH are likely to have a lasting impact on a series of important physiological and ecological processes. Several paleo-chemical studies have revealed that oceans may not have seen pH levels as low as those occurring in today’s ocean for at least a million years and possibly as long as 20 million years (Pelejero et al. 2010). Not surprisingly, there is a growing body of evidence that these changes are already having a major effect on marine species and ecosystems.

Adding energy to the ocean also has implications for the intensity of storm systems. Warm oceans drive more intense storm systems (Stowasser et al. 2010) that, when combined with high seas, have serious implications for natural ecosystems and coastal human settlements. The recent increase in the frequency of destructive storm systems across the Asia-Pacific region is testimony to the relatively simple physical link between warming oceans, intensified hydrological cycles and intense storm systems (Knutson et al.

Indd 21 11/10/2012 13:14 22 Climate change and the oceans 2. CHARACTERISTICS OF ASIAN-PACIFIC COASTAL AND OCEAN ECOSYSTEMS The Asia-Pacific region is dominated by the Pacific Ocean, which is the largest ocean on our planet. 25 million km2 which is approximately one-third of the Earth’s total surface. Within this region, the Pacific lines the coasts of four major continents (Australia, Eurasia, North and South America) and interacts closely with the waters surrounding the fifth continent, Antarctica.

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