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PMEL scientists on the R/V Kilo Moana.  Photo credit:  NOAA/PMEL

May 18, 2015

PMEL scientists Richard Feely and Chris Sabine, and JISAO scientists Adrienne Sutton and Remy Okazaki, have just embarked on the R/V Kilo Moana for the final phase of the $2 million Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE.  As members of PMEL’s Ocean Carbon group, the team is providing the actual pH measurements for comparison to the measurements taken by new sensors developed by XPRIZE contestants.  The competition has been reduced to 5 teams, each vying for the Accuracy Purse.  The contestants will put their sensors through rigorous performance tests focused on stability and precision at up to 3,000 meters (almost 2 miles) deep. 

More information can be found at NOAA Research, PMEL Ocean Carbon, Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE, and the University of Washington/Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean websites.  Follow the XPRIZE cruise blog.

PMEL in the News

May 07, 2015

Oceans and atmospheres go through regular fluctuations, but a ‘blob’ of warm water in the Pacific Ocean was created by exceptionally large atmospheric changes, both of which have caused the climate on the West Coast to be rather unusual in recent years.

May 07, 2015

Last week a volcano erupted underneath the sea off the coast of Oregon.  The Axial Volcano is the most active submarine volcano off the Northwest Coast and for the first time sea instruments gave a heads up the volcano was about to erupt.