An international team of scientists found that the oceans absorb much more carbon dioxide than previously thought. This was reported in a press release on Phys.org.
Previously, it was estimated that only about a quarter of the carbon dioxide released by humans into the atmosphere enters the oceans. Researchers estimated the amount of gas that is released and absorbed by the surface of the sea. At the same time, satellite data on salinity, surface wind speed and upper ocean temperature were taken into account.
It turned out that every year three billion tons of carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere, which is about a third of emissions due to the burning of fossil fuels. According to scientists, although this can be considered as a favorable process, in fact, it causes acidification of the ocean, which, in turn, provokes the extinction of marine organisms.
In September, a study by scientists at Rutgers University in the United States was reported that found that an increase in World Ocean temperature due to climate change leads to a significant decline in fisheries, which is exacerbated by over-harvesting of seafood.