Abstract Title

Session S-04A: Frontiers of Ocean Acidification Research in the Salish Sea

Proposed Abstract Title

Mobile Ocean Acidification Treatment System (MOATS): a tool to test the response of Salish Sea species to changing carbon chemistry

Keywords

Ocean Acidification

Location

Room 6C

Start Date

1-5-2014 5:00 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 6:30 PM

Description

Determining how species will respond to ocean acidification is commonly done by rearing individuals in water with controlled carbon chemistry. We developed the Mobile Ocean Acidification Treatment System (MOATS) as a low-cost, high-precision system for acidification experiments. Each MOATS aquarium has independent control of pH, dissolved oxygen temperature and light exposure. The parameter can be manipulated dynamically to mimic diural patterns or rapid upwelling events. The MOATS have a small physical foot-print (75 cm x 75 cm) and can be move for experiments at field stations or onboard a ship. An array of MOATS are installed at the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center Mukilteo Field Station, with more installations planned for other research labs in the region.

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Mobile Ocean Acidification Treatment System (MOATS): a tool to test the response of Salish Sea species to changing carbon chemistry

Room 6C

Determining how species will respond to ocean acidification is commonly done by rearing individuals in water with controlled carbon chemistry. We developed the Mobile Ocean Acidification Treatment System (MOATS) as a low-cost, high-precision system for acidification experiments. Each MOATS aquarium has independent control of pH, dissolved oxygen temperature and light exposure. The parameter can be manipulated dynamically to mimic diural patterns or rapid upwelling events. The MOATS have a small physical foot-print (75 cm x 75 cm) and can be move for experiments at field stations or onboard a ship. An array of MOATS are installed at the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center Mukilteo Field Station, with more installations planned for other research labs in the region.