Spectacular example of a local sea star, Pycnopodia helianthoides. Although this species is probably less susceptible to the direct effects of acidification, it could be impacted by losses of mussel beds in rocky intertidal habitats. This individual was spotted during a field excursion to Clallam Bay along the south shore of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
What effects can we anticipate in the oceans as carbon dioxide continues to accrue in the atmosphere? How will the marine world be impacted by rising temperatures and falling pH? Here we explore what is known and sought to be known about climate change in the oceans.