January 3 Studium Generale Introduces Next Gen Oceanic pH Monitoring Device

Our global ocean absorbs roughly a quarter of the atmospheric carbon dioxide released by human activities. As a result, ocean chemistry is changing, making the ocean more acidic, a process called ocean acidification. 

On January 3, Dr. David Long of Flathead Valley Community College, and William A. Pardis of Sunburst Sensors, LLC will discuss the development and commercialization of low-cost ocean acidification monitoring tools at their Peninsula College Studium Generale presentation beginning at 12:35 pm.

Long and Pardis recently developed an innovative new monitoring instrument called pHyter: a hand-held chemical indicator-based spectrophotometric pH-measuring device.  Find out how pHyter is being used in developing large scale ocean acidification programs targeting education and citizen science in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

These tools will be instrumental in providing the public with a better understanding of the process of ocean acidification and the impacts of a more acidic environment to valuable ocean ecosystems, Long and Pardis say.

The presentation was facilitated by the PC STEM Club, and is co-sponsored by the Club with support from the NOAA Marine Sanctuary. The event will be held in the college’s Little Theater, and is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. Kate Reavey at kreavey@pencol.edu .