A team of scientists from Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, and Florida State University return from a 10-day ocean voyage after completing their mission to launch and recover four Carbon Flux Explorer robots. Led by Jim Bishop (Faculty Senior Scientist in EESA’s Climate & Ecosystem Sciences Division), the team, and the robots would help to determine whether the ocean’s biological carbon pump is strengthening or weakening, and why. The researchers have profiled more than 150 kilometers of the ocean’s water column through 26 Conductivity, Temperature and Depth Rosette device, deployments. The Carbon Flux Explorers collectively gathered more than eight days of data!
Read more about the ocean trip by going to oceanbots.lbl.gov.
The development of the Carbon Flux Explorer is an ongoing process and is rooted at Berkeley Lab with the expertise of Todd Wood, a key member of Bishop’s research team since 2000 (with extensive seagoing experience), and with additional support by Alex Morales. Wood and Morales are staff members, who are familiar with several field-work environments at the subsurface, atmosphere, and ocean, working in the EESA Geosciences Measurement Facility.