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Exploring the Pacific with Schmidt Ocean Institute

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January 21, 2016 2pm EST / 9am HST 

Join EarthEcho International and the Schmidt Ocean institute as we explore a world without oxygen in the South Pacific.

The Schmidt Ocean Institute’s R/V Falkor will travel from Honolulu to Tahiti during a 28 day journey to explore low-oxygen areas of the ocean called oxygen deficient zones (ODZs). Students will talk with scientists onboard the ship as they explore the biogeochemistry of ODZs and how human actions are contributing to their growth throughout the world. Oxygen deficient zones are just one of a growing number of stressors on our ocean’s ecosystems and are projected to grow in size and scale over the next 100 years.

About the voyage:
This first expedition of 2016 led by Dr. Mak Saito from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) along with scientists from University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, University of California Santa Cruz, and University of Washington will investigate Oxygen Deficient Zones.

During the 28 day voyage, researchers aboard R/V Falkor will travel from Honolulu, Hawaii to Tahiti to describe the biogeochemical processes that occur within this particular swath of the ocean’s ODZs. By doing so, they will contribute to our greater understanding of ODZs, gather a database of baseline measurements to which future measurements can be compared, and establish a new methodology that could be used in future research on these expanding ODZs.

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