In this section we investigate aspects of modern OA concentrating on the biogeochemistry of the problem. Departing somewhat from previous sections of this monograph, we employ a story narrative, mainly reflecting on the work and the questions the two of us, with the help of several colleagues, have pursued beginning in the early 2000s.

A year or so before we began the initial efforts constructing the SOCM, a couple of articles appeared in the literature showing that the calcification rate of corals was strongly dependent on the seawater aragonite saturation state (Ωa) (Gattuso et al.,...

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