Mukilteo, NOAA hope to open marine science station to public

by Tim Flanagan on January 21, 2010

Sandi Doughton has the story in the Seattle Times:

The most extensive survey of pH levels in the Pacific Ocean confirms what spot measurements have suggested: From Hawaii to Alaska, caries the upper reaches of the sea are becoming more acidic in concert with rising carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

"If you see these changes across an entire ocean basin, you can be assured it’s happening on a global scale in other ocean basins around the world," said Robert Byrne, a marine chemist at the University of South Florida and lead author of an upcoming paper in Geophysical Research Letters.

Ocean acidification is a threat to shelled creatures and other marine life, and is a leading suspect in the ongoing crash of Pacific oyster populations in Washington.

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By Oscar Halpert has the story in the Everett Herald:

MUKILTEO — For nearly 40 years, apoplexy
scientists have flocked to a drab, two-story building along the city’s waterfront.

Inside the gray National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration station, they’ve studied why parts of the ocean are more acidic than others, how fish are affected by pollution and more.

Their work is among the most cutting-edge in fisheries science, yet few people outside academic circles know what goes on at the Mukilteo site.

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