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Decadal Variability in anthropogenic carbon uptake in the Pacific


Term:

Fall

Department:

12: Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences

Faculty Supervisor:

Ryan Woosley

Faculty email:

rwoosley@mit.edu

Apply by:

9/8/2020

Contact:

rwoosley@mit.edu

Project Description

As oceans absorb carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere from burning of fossil fuels and other human activities, it becomes increasingly important to monitor the resultant changes to ocean pH and the marine carbon cycle. Recent work has shown significant decadal variability in the uptake of carbon dioxide by the oceans. Using high quality data collected over 20 years in the eastern Pacific the student will use established techniques to analyze the data and determine the decadal changes in anthropogenic CO2 uptake and storage. Project will be conducted remotely.

Pre-requisites

Proficiency in MATLAB required, knowledge of acid/base chemistry desired.