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Assessment of the Impact of Climate Change on Marine Ecosystem in the South Sea of Korea
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  • Journal title : Ocean and Polar Research
  • Volume 34, Issue 2,  2012, pp.197-199
  • Publisher : Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology
  • DOI : 10.4217/OPR.2012.34.2.197
 Title & Authors
Assessment of the Impact of Climate Change on Marine Ecosystem in the South Sea of Korea
Ju, Se-Jong; Kim, Se-Joo;
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According to the IPCC climate change scenario (A1B scenario), the surface seawater temperature of the South Sea of Korea by 2100 may be higher than at present, and seawater pH may decrease from 8.1 to 7.8, due to the increase in atmospheric , which is predicted to increase in concentration from 380 to 750 ppm. These changes may not only intensify the strength of typhoons/storm surges but also affect the function and structure the marine ecosystem. In order to assess the impact of climate change on the marine ecosystem in Korean waters, the project named the `Assessment of the impact of climate change on marine ecosystem in the South Sea of Korea` has been supported by the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs, from 2008. The goal of this project is to enhance our ability to adapt and prepare for the future environmental changes through the reliable predictions based on the knowledge obtained from projects like this. In this respect, this project is being conducted to investigate the effects of climate/marine environment changes (ocean warming and acidification), and to predict future changes of the structure and function of the ecosystem in the South Sea of Korea. This special issue contains 6 research articles, which are the highlights of the studies carried out through this project.
climate change;marine ecosystem;South Sea of Korea;ocean warming;ocean acidification;
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