At the Seattle Aquarium, we are working with scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to monitor CO2 in the atmosphere and ocean. Here is a graph of daily changes in CO2 that we are seeing from one of NOAA’s Seattle monitoring stations.
In this graph you can see spikes in carbon dioxide that correspond to times of day when there is more commuter traffic.
Ocean Acidification has been well documented through global observations conducted over several decades by hundreds of researchers.
It has been linked directly to human-caused CO2 in the atmosphere that has been released primarily by fossil fuel combustion.
IMAGE: This graph illustrates data being collected by NOAA scientists in Seattle, WA. This graph also features bubbles on how to interpret the data by comparing the peaks in CO2 with the familiar example of daily commuter traffic.