UM professor to study effect of melting Arctic ice

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $926,000 grant to a University of Montana researcher and his team of scientists to study the effects of melting ice in the Arctic Ocean.

The team led by UM chemistry professor Mike DeGrandpre plan to place six sensors under the ice in the center of the Arctic Ocean in August 2012.

The sensors will record pH and carbon dioxide levels and send real-time data to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts. The sensors are expected to document changes in the carbon dioxide cycle and ocean acidification in the Arctic during the next three to four years.

DeGrandpre says it’s the first time a research team has studied such levels in the central Arctic Ocean.
NBC Montana, 22 September 2011. Article.

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