National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
United States Department of Commerce

PMEL Wave Gliders Measure Carbon off U.S. West Coast

September 14, 2011

Last month PMEL's carbon and engineering groups deployed two autonomous wave powered research vessels to study ocean acidification along the Washington and Oregon coasts. These seven foot long vessels automatically measure surface water and atmospheric carbon dioxide, pH, temperature and salinity along a path determined by PMEL scientists who guide the vessels from the laboratory via satellite. This maiden voyage for these vessels is coordinated with traditional sampling approaches to ensure that these new technologies make the same high-quality measurements that are PMEL’s hallmark.

Learn more about the carbon wave gliders.

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