Buoy monitors ocean acidification



A new Gulf of Alaska buoy installed on 7 June is the first to provide data that will help scientists study ocean acidification caused by the absorption of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Sensors attached to the buoy are measuring key climate indicators in the atmosphere and ocean, including surface acidity and the air-sea exchange of carbon dioxide. The buoy was installed in collaboration with the Line P program, which has provided decades of continuous measurements from a series of oceanographic stations along line P which extends from the mouth of the Juan de Fuca Strait south of Vancouver Island to Pacific Ocean Station Papa, where the new buoy was installed.The buoy is part of a project conducted by scientists from NOAAs Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory; the University of Washington, Seattle; Fisheries and Oceans Canada; and the Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sydney, British Columbia.