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Fact Sheet 2010–3065

Response of Florida Shelf Ecosystems to Climate Change: from Macro to Micro Scales

By Lisa Robbins and Ellen Raabe

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Introduction

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) research in St. Petersburg, Fla., is focusing attention on marine environments of the Florida shelf at three levels, from regional to estuarine to the individual organism. The USGS is partnering on this project with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the University of South Florida (USF) in marine studies. The specific goals of these combined efforts are an improved understanding of the effects of ocean acidification on regional carbonate processes, changes in individual estuaries, and organism-level response. This understanding will assist in developing appropriate Federal, State, and local management responses to climate change in coastal areas.

First posted August 19, 2010

For additional information contact:
Lisa Robbins
U.S. Geological Survey
St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
600 4th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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USGS Ocean Acidification

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Suggested citation:

Robbins, Lisa, and Raabe, Ellen, 2010, Response of Florida shelf ecosystems to climate change—from macro to micro scales: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2010–3065, 2 p.




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