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Matthew Humphreys

How do the oceans function as a sponge for CO2?

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Royal Institute for Sea Research

An increase of just 2°C or 3°C in surface water temperatures decreases the ocean’s capacity to absorb carbon dioxide.

Better understand and anticipate the effects of climate change on fish stocks
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Matthew Humphreys

Matthew Humphreys

Oceanographer Matthew Humphreys investigates the exchange of CO2 between the atmosphere and the oceans. The oceans take up about one-quarter of all our CO2 emissions. In that sense, they definitely keep us out of trouble. However, there is a drawback. This uptake of additional CO2 is acidifying the oceans. I focus on understanding those balances.

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The NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research performs academically excellent multidisciplinary fundamental and frontier-applied marine research addressing important scientific and societal questions pertinent to the functioning of oceans and seas. It also serves as national marine research facilitator for the scientific community.