Measuring Ocean Acidification in San Francisco Bay

Photo by Thomas Vimare on Unsplash
Photo by Thomas Vimare on Unsplash

New buoy will study the effect of ocean acidification and impact on San Francisco Bay

UC Davis researchers are part of the first long-term monitoring of ocean acidity and carbon dioxide in the San Francisco Bay. How is this possible? The researchers are collecting data from the newly deployed Bay Ocean Buoy (BOB) and a mooring for Marine Acidification Research Inquiry (MARI). Both carry sensors for measuring carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and water, dissolved oxygen, pH, microscopic algae, water clarity, temperature and salinity. With this data, scientists can track chemical changes over long periods of time and create a better picture for how climate change is interacting with local habitats. 

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