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The soundscape of the Anthropocene ocean

Abstract.

"Oceans have become substantially noisier since the Industrial Revolution. Shipping, resource exploration, and infrastructure development have increased the anthrophony (sounds generated by human activities), whereas the biophony (sounds of biological origin) has been reduced by hunting, fishing, and habitat degradation. Climate change is affecting geophony (abiotic, natural sounds). Existing evidence shows that anthrophony affects marine animals[...]".

 

Source: Science
Authors: Carlos M. Duarte et al.
DOI: 10.1126/science.aba4658

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System controls of coastal and open ocean oxygen depletion

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"The epoch of the Anthropocene, a period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment, has witnessed a decline in oxygen concentrations and an expansion of oxygen-depleted environments in both coastal and open ocean systems since the middle of the 20th century. This paper provides a review of system-specific drivers of low oxygen in a range of case studies representing marine systems in the open ocean, on continental shelves, in enclosed seas[...]".

 

Source: Science Direct
Authors: Grant C. Pitcher
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pocean.2021.102613

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High spatial resolution global ocean metagenomes from Bio-GO-SHIP repeat hydrography transects

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"Detailed descriptions of microbial communities have lagged far behind physical and chemical measurements in the marine environment. Here, we present 971 globally distributed surface ocean metagenomes collected at high spatio-temporal resolution. Our low-cost metagenomic sequencing protocol produced 3.65 terabases of data, where the median number of base pairs per sample was 3.41 billion. The median distance between sampling stations was 26 km[...]"

 

Source: Scientific Data
Authors: Alyse A. Larkin et al
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-021-00889-9

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Reconstructing the Preindustrial Coastal Carbon Cycle Through a Global Ocean Circulation Model: Was the Global Continental Shelf Already Both Autotrop

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"The contribution of continental shelves to the marine carbon cycle is still poorly understood. Their preindustrial state is, for one,                                                              essentially unknown, which strongly limits the quantitative assessment of their anthropogenic perturbation. To date, approaches developed to investigate and quantify carbon fluxes on continental shelves have strongly simplified their physical and biogeochemical features. In this study, we enhance the global ocean biogeochemistry model HAMburg Ocean Carbon Cycle by[...]"

 

Source: AGU- Advancing Earth and Space Science 
Authors: Fabrice Lacroix et al.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1029/2020GB006603

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Impacts of hypoxic events surpass those of future ocean warming and acidification

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"Over the past decades, three major challenges to marine life have emerged as a consequence of anthropogenic emissions: ocean warming, acidification and oxygen loss. While most experimental research has targeted the first two stressors, the last remains comparatively neglected. Here, we implemented sequential hierarchical mixed-model meta-analyses (721 control–treatment comparisons) to compare the impacts of oxygen conditions associated with the current and continuously intensifying hypoxic events (1–3.5 O2 mg l−1) with those experimentally yielded by ocean warming (+4 °C) and acidification (−0.4 units) conditions[...]"

 

Source: Nature Ecology & Evolution 
Authors: Eduardo Sampaio et al.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-020-01370-3

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Ocean acidification may slow the pace of tropicalization of temperate fish communities

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"Poleward range extensions by warm-adapted sea urchins are switching temperate marine ecosystems from kelp-dominated to barren-dominated systems that favour the establishment of range-extending tropical fishes. Yet, such tropicalization may be buffered by ocean acidification, which reduces urchin grazing performance and the urchin barrens that tropical range-extending fishes prefer. Using ecosystems experiencing natural warming and acidification, we show that ocean acidification could buffer warming-facilitated[...]"

 

Source: Nature Climate Change
Authors: Ericka O. C. Coni et al.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-020-00980-w

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Bacteriohopanepolyols signature in sediments of the East China Sea and its indications for hypoxia and organic matter sources

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"The bacterial biomarker group of bacteriohopanepolyols (BHPs) has shown a significant potential to track terrestrial inputs and to respond to environmental changes. A total of 12 BHPs were detected in surface sediments of the East China Sea (ECS), with the contents of 3.79–361 μg/g TOC. The spatial distribution patterns and correlation analyses of bacteriohopanetetrol (BHT) and soil marker BHPs in sediments of the ECS indicate that they were mainly derived from marine autochthonous and terrestrial sources[...]"

 

Source: Science Direct
Authors: Meiling Yin et al.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.orggeochem.2021.104268

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Effect of dissolved oxygen and hydrogen on the stress corrosion cracking behavior of alloy 600 in high temperature water

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"The stress corrosion cracking behavior of alloy 600 was studied in high temperature water at 288°C to 360°C. The effects of dissolved oxygen (DO) and dissolved hydrogen (DH) on crack growth rate (CGR) are discussed. Results show that the CGR of alloy 600 in hydrogenated water (at the Ni/NiO phase boundary) is about 2-200 times higher than in 2 ppm O2 oxygenated water at 325°C and 360°C, while the opposite behavior was observed at 288°C. Much more severe intergranular oxidation was observed[...]"

 

Source: Science Direct
Authors: Jiamei Wang et al.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnucmat.2020.152603

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Impact of the Agulhas Return Current on the oceanography of the Kerguelen Plateau region, Southern Ocean, over the last 40 kyrs

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"The oceanography of the western Indian sector of the Southern Ocean is extremely complex due to the presence of several subantartic islands and plateaus that alter the zonal flow of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current. The circulation is even more complex around the Kerguelen Islands (KI) as the hydrological fronts merge with the Agulhas Return Current, the latter transporting warm surface waters from the low latitudes to the Subantarctic Zone (SAZ) east of KI. Here we present new sea-surface and sub-surface temperatures, based on diatom and radiolarian census[...]"

 

Source: Science Direct
Authors: M.Civel-Mazens et al.
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2020.106711

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Variable coastal hypoxia exposure and drivers across the southern California Current

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"Declining oxygen is one of the most drastic changes in the ocean, and this trend is expected to worsen under future climate change scenarios. Spatial variability in dissolved oxygen dynamics and hypoxia exposures can drive differences in vulnerabilities of coastal ecosystems and resources, but documentation of variability at regional scales is rare in open-coast systems. Using a regional collaborative network of dissolved oxygen and temperature sensors maintained by scientists and fishing cooperatives from California, USA, and Baja California, Mexico, we characterize spatial and temporal variability in dissolved oxygen[...]"

 

Source: Nature Scientific Reports
Authors: Natalie H. N. Low et al.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-89928-4

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