Tracking ocean acidification across political boundaries: NOAA-Hakai Institute collaboration

The Pacific Ocean has no borders. However, tracking ocean conditions across political borders requires coordination and collaboration. The Hakai Institute’s two coastal ecological observatories are situated almost perfectly at the center of the British Columbia-sized geographical gap between Washington and Alaska. With scientific facilities on both Calvert and Quadra Islands in British Columbia, the Hakai Institute is uniquely placed to add a Canadian complement to NOAA’s ocean acidification monitoring in US waters. Continue reading “Tracking ocean acidification across political boundaries: NOAA-Hakai Institute collaboration”

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Waxing poetic about science

If you’ve been following this blog for the last month as our intrepid group sails along the West Coast, you’ve probably read quite a few detailed posts describing our sampling procedures, measurement techniques, and experimental designs. Talking about our work is part of the job. Even so, sometimes we scientists can get a bit stuck in our ways, and when we are asked to step away from the tried-and-true journals, seminars, and scientific reports that we routinely use to talk about our research, funny things happen.  A few days ago, the blog team challenged our fellow scientists to a research haiku contest. It didn’t take long to discover that condensing our research into 17 syllables can be quite a task, yet our fellow scientists proved themselves worthy to the task. Continue reading “Waxing poetic about science”

Sampling the Columbia River Plume

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Ensign Lydia Ames captions our entry into the Columbia River. Photo Credit: Bill Nilsson

The Columbia River is particularly important to unraveling the dynamics of coastal ocean acidification in the Pacific Northwest because it brings waters with elevated temperatures and oxygen concentrations and lower salinities, pH values, and aragonite saturation states compared to open ocean waters into the coastal environment. Continue reading “Sampling the Columbia River Plume”

The crew of the NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown: the people who make all this science possible

So far on this blog, we’ve spent a lot of time talking about the scientific work we’ve been doing day in and day out for the last few weeks. We love what we do (some days more than others), and are excited about sharing the results of our month of research in the Pacific.

However, there’s a group of people aboard the NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown that our blog hasn’t talked much about, but who are vitally important to this project. They’re the folks who make this expedition possible, who keep the ship and its operations running smoothly behind the scenes, who feed us, and who make sure we stay safe and healthy while aboard. I’m talking about the ship’s crew, without whom we would be a group of dedicated marine scientists who couldn’t make it out of the harbor. Continue reading “The crew of the NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown: the people who make all this science possible”

The Beginnings of Ocean Acidification Studies in Mexican Waters

The 2016 West Coast Ocean Acidification (WCOA) cruise is the fifth of its kind, and the research we are performing aboard the NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown has been over a decade in the making. It has been eleven years since NOAA PMEL scientists Dr. Richard Feely and Dr. Chris Sabine organized the first planning meeting in 2005 for the 2007 West Coast Ocean Acidification cruise. Continue reading “The Beginnings of Ocean Acidification Studies in Mexican Waters”