Carbon dioxide from Silicon Valley affects the chemistry of Monterey Bay
April 23, 2019 – Elevated concentrations of carbon dioxide in air flowing out to sea from Silicon Valley and the Salinas Valley could increase the amount of carbon dioxide dissolving in Monterey Bay waters by about 20 percent.
Given the urgent threat of climate change, the development of clean energy alternatives is essential.
Surveying the stability of the seafloor is critical for possible installation of offshore wind farms. The robotic tools MBARI has developed, like our autonomous underwater vehicles (pictured aboved), are well-suited for documenting the present environmental conditions and providing high-resolution information about dynamic processes that might threaten the wind farm installation.
Data gathered with these tools will help assure that the design is engineered appropriately to account for the character of the seafloor in this area. This project helps provide the necessary science data for policy makers to determine if an area is safe for an offshore wind farm. 🌬
Research programs at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) encompass the entire ocean, from the surface waters to the deep seafloor, and from the coastal zone to the open sea. The need to understand the ocean in all its complexity and variability drives MBARI's research and development efforts.