Strong time dependence of ocean acidification mitigation by atmospheric carbon dioxide removal.

Hofmann, M. , Mathesius, Sabine , Kriegler, E., Vuuren, D. P. van and Schellnhuber, H. J. (2019) Strong time dependence of ocean acidification mitigation by atmospheric carbon dioxide removal. Open Access Nature Communications, 10 (1). Art.Nr. 5592. DOI 10.1038/s41467-019-13586-4.

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Abstract

In Paris in 2015, the global community agreed to limit global warming to well below 2 ∘C, aiming at even 1.5 ∘C. It is still uncertain whether these targets are sufficient to preserve marine ecosystems and prevent a severe alteration of marine biogeochemical cycles. Here, we show that stringent mitigation strategies consistent with the 1.5 ∘C scenario could, indeed, provoke a critical difference for the ocean’s carbon cycle and calcium carbonate saturation states. Favorable conditions for calcifying organisms like tropical corals and polar pteropods, both of major importance for large ecosystems, can only be maintained if CO2 emissions fall rapidly between 2025 and 2050, potentially requiring an early deployment of CO2 removal techniques in addition to drastic emissions reduction. Furthermore, this outcome can only be achieved if the terrestrial biosphere remains a carbon sink during the entire 21st century.

Document Type: Article
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB2 Marine Biogeochemistry > FB2-BM Biogeochemical Modeling
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1038/s41467-019-13586-4
ISSN: 2041-1723
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2020 13:01
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2020 12:30
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/48597

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