Author: Kristy Burnett, Communication Specialist, National Park Service
Four parks in the National Park Service will contribute to the GOMECC-3 research cruise by collecting water samples. However, park staff won’t be on board the R/V Ronald H. Brown; they’ll fill the sampling bottles at specific locations on-shore and near-shore within NPS parks. NPS staff will coordinate with the researchers at sea to make sure the samples are taken on the same day and on the same transect (line) from shore to ship. Samples will be sent to NOAA for analysis along with samples taken from the ship.
It’s important to have water samples taken from different locations so scientists can improve our understanding of ocean acidification in the area. Park managers can use the results to gain improved spatial understanding of ocean acidification and a general understanding of changing patterns over time. This information helps the NPS better preserve our oceans and coasts for future generations.
- Dry Tortugas National Park
- Everglades National Park
- Biscayne National Park
- Padre Island National Park