Channelkeeper has formed a new partnership with researchers at UCSB in an effort to understand how climate change will impact the Santa Barbara Channel. As levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) increase in our atmosphere, more and more carbon is absorbed by our oceans. In water, CO2 is converted to carbonic acid, which lowers the ocean’s pH. This phenomenon, called “ocean acidification,” is expected to have major impacts on many forms of marine life worldwide.
The Santa Barbara Channel is a hub of ocean acidification research, and several ocean pH monitoring stations are currently in place to continuously measure changes in acidity. Channelkeeper is using our research vessel to assist Dr. Gretchen Hofmann’s laboratory at UCSB by collecting regular samples at coastal pH sensors so that they can be properly calibrated. Channelkeeper also purchased a new monitoring station to be deployed at Naples Reef, which is important to researchers because of its thriving kelp forest ecosystem, its status as a Marine Protected Area, and its proximity to concurrent biological monitoring efforts. Through this research, we hope to learn more about how species in the Santa Barbara Channel will adapt to this globally significant phenomenon.
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