Projects

There are currently a number of Alaska-centric projects that focus on ocean acidification associated with the center.

Monitoring Ocean Acidification in Alaskan waters
Funding Source- State of Alaska
This project will focus on observing the extent, duration, and intensity of ocean acidification in waters surrounding the State of Alaska with the use of autonomous sensors. The Alaska Ocean Acidification Mooring Network was deployed in 2012.

Collaborative Research: An Interdisciplinary Monitoring Mooring in the Western Arctic Boundary Current:
Climatic forcing and ecosystem response

Funding Source – National Science Foundation (NSF)
During the study a multidisciplinary mooring will be deployed in the Chukchi/Beaufort Sea for 5 years that is capable of measuring a number of different physical, biological and chemical variables in the Arctic Ocean, one of which will be pH.  These measurements will provide new insights into the seasonal cycling of important carbonate parameters.  The project is being lead by Dr. Bob Pickart of the WHOI. 

Monitoring Ocean Acidification in the Northern Gulf of Alaska and in Prince William Sound
Funding Source – Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS)
This study is being done as part of the continued monitoring along the Seward Line in the northern Gulf of Alaska and in Prince William Sound.  It seeks to better understand the seasonal variability and controls on OA in a region that is a commercially important fishery. 

Moored Observations of Ocean Acidification in High Latitude Seas
Funding Source – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
This project will support the deployment of two mooring systems capable of making continuous OA observations through the year at fixed depths in the water column.  One of these mooring will be placed in the southern Bering Sea, and the other near Bering Strait.  The project is being conducted in collaboration with Professor Bob Byre at the University of South Florida. 

Collaborative Research: Observation and Prediction of Ocean Acidification in the Western Arctic Ocean - Impacts of Physical and Biogeochemical Processes on Carbonate Mineral States
Funding Source – National Science Foundation (NSF)
This project will seek to determine the distribution, extent and controls on OA in the western Arctic Ocean.  It will be done in collaboration with Dr. Laurie Juranek at the University of Washington - Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) and Dr. Richard Feely at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Lab (PMEL) 

Past Projects

Biogeochemical Assessment of the North Aleutian Basin Ecosystem: Current Status and Vulnerability to Climate Change
Funding Source – Coastal Marine Institute (CMI)/ Bureau of Ocean Energy  (BOE)
The focus of this study is to determine the biogeochemical impact of processes such as sea-ice formation and melt on the cycling of carbon in the Bering Sea including the distribution and extent of ocean acidification.  We are currently in our third and final year of fieldwork in the eastern Bering Sea. The project has been done in association with the Bering Ecosystem Study (BEST). The project is being conducted by CFOS graduate student Jessica Cross.   

Present and Future Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Juvenile Walleye Pollock Metabolic Processes and Growth Rates
Funding Source – Pollock Conservation Cooperative Research Center (PCCRC)
The focus of this project is to assess how both larval and juvenile Pollock respond to reduced pH.  The project is being conducted at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon in collaboration with Dr. Tom Hurst.  The project is being done by CFOS graduate student Elena Fernandez. 

Investigation of the Controls and Feedbacks on the Biogeochemical Cycling of Inorganic Carbon, Air-sea CO2 Fluxes and the Impacts of Ocean Acidification on the Arctic Pacific Shelves
Funding Source – National Atmospheric and Space Administration (NASA)
This study is being done as part of the larger ICESCAPE project.  Our portion of the project is being conducted in collaboration with Dr. Nick Bates at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and seeks to better understand the processes that control air-sea exchange of CO2 and ocean acidification in the Chukchi Sea.   

Moored Observations of Ocean Acidification in the Northern Gulf of Alaska including Resurrection Bay and Prince William Sound
Funding Source – North Pacific Research Board (NPRB)
This project will support the deployment of a mooring capable of making OA observations at the surface and near the bottom in the northern Gulf of Alaska just outside of Resurrection Bay and Prince William Sound.  It will provide valuable insights into the seasonal cycling of pH and carbonate minerals concentrations in a sensitive area.  The project is being conducted in collaboration with Dr. Chris Sabine at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Lab (PMEL) and Dr. Laurie Juranek at the University of Washington - Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO).   

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