First-of-kind buoy to monitor North Pacific Acidification


The first buoy to monitor ocean acidification, a result of carbon dioxide absorbed by the ocean, has been launched in the Gulf of Alaska and is a new tool for researchers to examine how ocean circulation and ecosystems interact to determine how much carbon dioxide the North Pacific Ocean absorbs each year. (Click NOAA image for larger view of NOAA image of NOAA scientists and technicians making final adjustments on the first buoy to carry equipment that measures ocean acidification. This buoy was deployed on June 7 in the Gulf of Alaska. Click here for high resolution version. Please credit “NOAA.”)
This buoy is part of a National Science Foundation project awarded to oceanographers at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory and the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash., in collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sidney, B.C.

NOAA press release, 12 June 2007.

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