Voyage to study effects of ocean acidification off U.S. West Coast - latimes.com
A team of scientists is setting out on a research expedition along the U.S. West Coast to study ocean acidification, the greenhouse gas-driven change in the chemistry of seawater that has been called climate change’s “evil twin.” [It's a rule: You MUST use the phrase "evil twin" when talking about alleged ocean acidification.]NOAA Ship Fairweather specs.pdf
Chemists and biologists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will board the survey ship Fairweather next week, sailing from Canada to Mexico to collect samples of water, algae and plankton, officials said Thursday. The goal of the monthlong voyage is to better understand how marine ecosystems are responding to water that is becoming more acidic as a result of the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Initial results from the expedition will be presented during stops in San Francisco and San Diego, officials said, with complete findings published by next year.
[231 feet long; 1,800 ton displacement; crew of 36; 2 1,200 HP diesel engines; fuel capacity 110,000 gallons, diesel fuel consumption 1,800-2,300 gal/day]