An Empirical Study of Fossil Fuel Emissions and Ocean Acidification
15 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2015 Last revised: 28 Nov 2015
Date Written: October 6, 2015
Detrended correlation analysis of annual fossil fuel emissions and mean annual changes in ocean CO2 concentration in the sample period 1958-2014 shows no evidence that the two series are causally related. The finding is inconsistent with the claim that fossil fuel emissions have a measurable impact on the CO2 concentration of the oceans at a lag and time scale of one year. The results are presented with the disclaimer that the CO2 data time series is discontinuous.
Keywords: ocean acidification, global warming, climate change, Monte Carlo simulation, anthropogenic emissions, carbon dioxide, detrended analysis, human emissions, fossil fuels, bootstrap, numerical methods, natural variability
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