Researchers have sent an underwater glider drone into the Gulf of Alaska to better study the ocean’s carbon dioxide levels. The drone was specifically crafted to test and study ocean acidification. The group of scientists took a boat onto the cold , choppy waters of Alaska’s Resurrection Bay.
The glider has already completed one overnight mission and the team aboard a University of Alaska Fairbanks research vessel said it was a success. The glider is designed to dive 1,000 metres and roam remote parts of the ocean. The autonomous vehicle was released in the Gulf of Alaska to gain a better understanding of the ocean’s chemistry.
This is a major step in climate change monitoring as until now, most measuring of CO2 concentrations were done from ships, buoys and moorings tethered to the ocean floor. Oceans are very beneficial to humans as they absorb a lot of the CO2 we emit on a daily basis.
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