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Ocean acidification in the Pacific




12: Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences

Faculty Supervisor:

Ryan Woosley and Andrew Babbin

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Ryan Woosley: rwoosley@mit.edu

Project Description

As the global oceans absorb carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels and other human activities, it becomes increasingly important to diagnose the resultant changes to ocean pH, marine carbon chemistry, and climate. Recent work has shown significant decadal variability in the uptake of carbon dioxide by the oceans. Using high quality data collected over 3 decades in the eastern Pacific, the student will synthesize primary ocean measurements and quantify the anthropogenic changes in CO2 uptake.


Proficiency in MATLAB is required; having completed the Chemistry GIR is preferred. All work will be conducted remotely.