Impacts Of Anthropogenic Greenhouse And Trace Gases On The Ocean

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The Impacts of Anthropogenic Greenhouse and Trace Gas Emissions on the Ocean By: Lexie Herdt, Meredith Fish, and Samantha Ballard Meteo 470: Video Research Project 12/15/14 Introduction: Anthropogenic emissions of CO2 and other trace gases affect the atmosphere, ocean, biosphere and cryosphere (IPCC, 2014). These components of the climate system stimulate interactions between each other ranging from synoptic to microscale processes and including everything in between. Since the industrial revolution, human-produced emissions have been changing the world around us (IPCC, 2014). The phenomenon of having greenhouse gases and aerosols in the atmosphere is natural and necessary to support life on Earth. However, the buildup of greenhouse gases…show more content…
This research is intended to further the understanding of how the Earth’s climate will be affected with rising anthropogenic emissions. Each of the world’s countries contributes different amounts of both gas and particle emissions to the atmosphere influencing changes in weather and climate on a daily basis. The main anthropogenic emissions in the climate system are Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Methane (CH4), Nitrous Oxide (N2O) and Aerosols, each consisting of a different atmospheric lifetime. Since the United States endorses open access to scientific data, tools and resources to conduct research, it is more beneficial to analyze the anthropogenic emission sources of the United States over other industrialized countries whose data is not so freely available to the public (Auer et al., 2007). The United States is the second highest emitter or polluter in the world. The burning of fossil fuels for electricity, heat, and transportation produces most of the United States’ emissions. Due to the country’s dependence on fossil fuels, the United States’ emission footprint is expanding. With a growing population and an expanding economy, the United States is urbanizing at an expansive rate. The increase in population as well as the modernization of our world is causing Americans to increase their energy consumption through increased transportation and the development of new cities. All in
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