Field of Ocean Acidification Studies Growing Rapidly
These days, however, “the field is much bigger and more competitive,” Gattuso says. In 2004, researchers were publishing just 20 papers a year on ocean acidification, he notes, and just 125 researchers from 20 nations showed up for the first major international meeting on the subject in Paris (which was held in a single room). This year, journals expect to publish more than 300 papers on the issue. And more than 550 researchers from 40 nations have gathered here on the coast of California for the Third International Symposium on the Ocean in a High CO2 World, which opened yesterday at a sprawling, multiroom conference center. “There has been remarkable growth in a very short time,” Gattuso says.