The Arctic and global warming
Researcher describes possible disruption to marine mammals' food web
Studying Arctic phytoplankton has played prominently in Smith's research. Here, Smith (left) is shown on the Coast Guard ice breaker HEALY in 2004, recovering plankton nets.
A warmer Arctic Ocean may mean less food for the birds, fish, and baleen whales and be a significant detriment to that fragile and interconnected polar ecosystem, and that doesn't bode well for other ocean ecosystems in the future. That's the word from University of Miami Rosenstiel School's Dr. Sharon Smith who will speak on "Potentially Dramatic Changes in the Pelagic Ecosystems of the Marginal Seas of the Arctic Ocean due to Anthropogenic Warming," today at 3 p.m. HST (8 p.m. EST) in Honolulu at the American Geophysical Union's 2006 Ocean Sciences Meeting.
See also: Observations of Anthropogenic Climate Change in the Oceans and Their Implications for Society II
And more Oceanic acidity
BBC four is having a 'global warming' season, This would be brilliant if anybody actually watched BBC four, but at least it shows willing. The first programme 'Meltdown' was pretty good and presented the case that current global warming is caused by anthropogenic emissions well.
As part of this season they are running an experiment in which you can download a climate simulation that runs on home computers (windows/linux only). If you can give it a try and hopefully you will be contributing to a useful project.