Friday, August 5, 2011

New Carbon Explorer Rides the Storm

Autonomous Carbon Explorers, robotic floats devised by Jim Bishop and his colleagues in the Earth Sciences and Engineering Divisions and other collaborators, descend a kilometer beneath the surface and then return to report their findings via satellite. In the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southern Oceans they’ve gathered carbon-cycle data that would be unaffordable or even impossible to obtain from shipboard. Now a new breed of Carbon Flux Explorer has gone to sea, not only measuring day-by-day variations in biomass, but determining exactly what’s in the sediment, essential knowledge for understanding the ocean carbon cycle. More> Best Blogger Tips

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