Dr Jodie Rummer,
Super Science Research Fellow,
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University
Climate change models project – by the end of this century – tropical oceans will have increased in temperature by 2-3 degrees due to global warming and become more acidic (pH decrease by >0.3) due to the uptake of anthropogenic CO2. Tropical species, especially equatorial populations, are predicted to be most impacted because they may be adapted to a narrow range of temperatures in their local environment.