Researchers publish new ocean acidification maps

February 17, 2015 10:05 PM

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Researchers publish new ocean acidification maps

Most attempts to track acidity, particularly those by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, have relied on surface-level readings from open ocean research vessels and buoys. But acidity in the world's oceans isn't distributed evenly. To get a more comprehensive picture of ocean-wide acidity fluctuation, scientists at the University of Exeter turned to satellite readings.

The scientists used ocean temperature and salinity data gathered by satellites' thermal cameras and microwave sensors, respectively, to calculate acidity. The data was gathered and analyzed with the help with scientists from the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, the French Research Institute for Exploitat...

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