The Color Of Our Oceans Is Changing Due To Global Warming

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It seems that, according to the latest research, the color of our oceans will be a deeper blue and green by 2100 due to climate change.

Huffington Post writes that global warming results are not seen only in the air, dirt or horrible study results. The effects are happening right before our very eyes.

As Earth continues to become warmer and warmer, the oceans will reportedly turn deeper shades of blue and green, says the research published Monday in the journal Nature Communications.

Microscopic plants affect the oceans’ colors 

Huffington Post reveals that ‘The changes in color are in part a function of the fluctuating populations of phytoplankton, or algae — the microscopic plants that, across their thousands of different species, do some rather heavy lifting for the global ecosystem.’

The online publication continues and writes that ‘Running a model through the end of this century, the researchers estimate that more than 50 percent of the world’s oceans will exhibit changes in color by the year 2100, as their algae populations rise and fall.’

All species are different and climatic changes will also have very different effects on the various communities of phytoplankton.

Waters to become a more intense blue 

For instance, in the subtropics, the waters are expected to become bluer because the algae population falls.

This latest research is building upon various older models, some of them dating back in the 1990s.

Anna Hickman, an oceanographer at the University of Southampton in England, and a co-author of the new study says that the changes in color may not be noticeable to the naked human eye, however clear they are to satellites.

On the other hand, other changes in the water could also become more apparent. Such changes will be happening because algae populations fall and fish have less to eat.

According to the reports, global fish catch could be declining more than 20% by the year 2300, says the World Economic Forum.


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