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Assessment of the Impact of Climate Change on Marine Ecosystem in the South Sea of Korea II

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Author(s): Se-Jong Ju | Se-Joo Kim

Journal: Ocean and Polar Research
ISSN 1598-141X

Volume: 35;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 123;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: coral bleaching | scleractinian coral | zooxanthellae density | inorganic nutrient | water temperature

ABSTRACT
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), ocean warming and acidification are accelerating as a result of the continuous increase in atmospheric CO2. This may affect the function and structure of marine ecosystems. Recently, changes in marine environments/ecosystems have been observed (increase in SST, decrease in the pH of seawater, northward expansion of subtropical species, etc.) in Korean waters. However, we still don’t understand well how climate change affects these changes and what can be expected in the future. In order to answer these questions with regard to Korean waters, the project named ‘Assessment of the impact of climate change on marine ecosystems in the South Sea of Korea’ has been supported for 5 years by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and is scheduled to end in 2013. This project should provide valuable information on the current status of marine environments/ ecosystems in the South Sea of Korea and help establish the methodology and observation/prediction systems to better understand and predict the impact of climate/marine environment changes on the structure and function of marine ecosystems. This special issue contains 5 research and a review articles that highlight the studies carried out during 2012-2013 through this project
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