Furthering marine research through the peer efforts of scientists and engineers
September 15, 2014
Illustration of SOCCOM profiling float in Southern Ocean
A profiling float sends its data back to shore after rising to the surface in the Southern Ocean.

Ocean researchers are on the verge of gaining new insights about the changing Southern Ocean with help from sensors developed by a research team at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). These sensors will be implemented in the Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling (SOCCOM) program, which just received a $21 million grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation.

JAMSTEC XPRIZE team with pH instrument
Members of Team HpHS from Japan prepare their pH sensor for the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE competition in MBARI's seawater lab.

July 30, 2014

Carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere by humans is causing the oceans to become more acidic. Unfortunately, oceanographers lack instruments that can measure the acidity (pH) of the ocean precisely and continuously for long periods of time. The Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE is a global competition to design robust pH sensors that can accurately and affordably measure ocean acidification. The first two testing phases of the competition are being held at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) from September to December of 2014.     Read more

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