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Impact of surface ocean acidification on the CO2 absorption rate

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The rising level of atmospheric CO
2
and consequently the acidification of the surface ocean affect the CO
2
absorption rate. However, there are no mathematical models to describe the impacts of acidification on the rate of CO
2
absorption. Therefore, the objective of this study was to develop simple mathematical models to describe the dependence of the CO
2
absorption rate on the pH of the surface ocean. The developed models predict that the CO
2
absorption rate is enhanced with acidification directly proportional to the increase in the abundance of H
2
CO
*
3
in the surface ocean. In addition, the models predict that the increasing rate of CO
2
absorption reflects the increasing rate of increase of CO
2
in the atmosphere.

Keywords: global warming, ocean acidification, carbon absorption rate, surface ocean, atmospheric CO2, carbon dioxide, greenhouse gases, mathematical modelling

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