USGS - science for a changing world

USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Recent News

Recent News - stories from the last 14 days.

For information about a story, contact Ann Tihansky (202) 208-3342.

USGS Researchers publish paper on Florida estuary acidification using 20+ years of data from shellfish industry

USGS researchers Lisa L. Robbins (retired) and John T. Lisle (Research Microbiologist, SPCMSC) published an article, 'Regional Acidification Trends in Florida Shellfish Estuaries: a 20+ Year Look at pH, Oxygen, Temperature, and Salinity,' in Estuaries and Coasts. In the article pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature, and salinity data from 10 Florida shellfish estuaries and shellfish bed stations are compared. Over 80,000 measurements, spanning from 1980 to 2008, taken on Atlantic Ocean and West Florida coast sites showed significant regional trends of consistent pH decreases in 8 of 10 estuaries. Other significant trends include decreasing dissolved oxygen in 9 of 10 estuaries, increasing salinity in 6 of 10, and temperature increases in 3 of 10 estuaries. The data provide a synoptic view of Florida estuary trends, which reflect the complexity of changing climate and coastal ocean acidification. These data provide context for understanding, and interpreting the past and predicting future of regional water quality health of shellfish and other organisms of commercial and ecological significance along Florida's coasts.

Read the article here: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12237-017-0353-8

posted: 2018-01-18



News Archive

More news:

Sound Waves - USGS newsletter of coastal and marine research

USGS News Room

Newswave Newsletter - U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) newsletter

Accessibility FOIA Privacy Policies and Notices

Take Pride in America logo USA.gov logo U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
URL: https://marine.usgs.gov/news/index.php
Page Contact Information: webmaster-marine@usgs.gov
Page Last Modified: December 05, 2016 11:14 AM (JSG)