Author: Sierra Sarkis
On July 18, NOAA AOML and partner scientists will depart on the Gulf of Mexico Ecosystems and Carbon Cycle (GOMECC-3) research cruise in support of NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Monitoring Program. This isn’t the first time researchers will head to sea in this region, previous cruises have taken place along the east and Gulf of Mexico coasts of the US in both 2007 and 2012. Together, these cruises provide coastal ocean measurements of unprecedented quality that are used both to improve our understanding of where ocean acidification is happening and how ocean chemistry patterns are changing over time. This will be the most comprehensive ocean acidification cruise to date in this region, set to include sampling in the international waters of Mexico for the first time. The importance of international collaboration should be noted, as ocean acidification is a global issue with global impacts, that will require a cumulative global effort to manage.
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