Oceanographers and others have discussed what phrase best describes the phenomenon to non-specialists. Among the options considered have been 'ocean suffocation' (which was used in a news report from May 2008 ), 'ocean oxygen deprivation' , 'decline in ocean oxygen', 'marine deoxygenation', 'ocean oxygen depletion' and 'ocean hypoxia'.
Ocean deoxygenation poses implications for ocean productivity, nutrient cycling, carbon cycling, and marine habitat. Ocean model simulations predict a decline of up to 7% in the global ocean O2 content over the next hundred years. The decline of Oxygen is projected to continue for a thousand years or more.
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- 3.^ Ocean Dead Zones Growing; May Be Linked to Warming National Geographic News, May 1, 2008
- 4.^ A problem without a name The Book of Barely Imagined Beings, Oct 13, 2008
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