FHL-John-Meyer-2For more than a century, scientists at UW have utilized Friday Harbor Laboratories’ unique location on the shores of the Puget Sound to study a variety of marine species. With the debut of the Ocean Acidification Environmental Laboratory in 2011, research at Friday Harbor Labs expanded into monitoring the water’s pH and dissolved oxygen levels, total alkalinity, effects of ocean acidification, and strategies for adaptation. Because Puget Sound’s waters are experiencing pH and dissolved carbon dioxide levels similar to what other parts of the country are planning to see in 2050-2100, due to both increased carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels and the natural chemistry of the water in our region, Washington state and Friday Harbor Labs are on the forefront of ocean acidification and adaptation research.

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