IARC’s Claudine Hauri and Andrew McDonnell, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, were awarded a $1.25M grant from the National Science Foundation for the development and operation of a new autonomous Carbon Seaglider. The Carbon Seaglider will be capable of adaptively sampling carbon dioxide concentrations and other oceanographic parameters throughout the coastal environment and will be used for ocean acidification monitoring and dissolved inorganic carbon process studies. The project is part of the National Oceanographic Partnership Program and involves research and development activities in conjunction with industry partner Kongsberg Maritime and tribal partner Alutiiq Pride Shelfish Hatchery. Field activities will include work at the Seward Marine Center, extensive use of CFOS’s new coastal research vessel, and operations in conjunction with R/V Sikuliaq and the NGA-LTER. The Carbon Seaglider is an example of Alaska’s burgeoning Blue Economy in oceanographic technology. Contact Cluadine Hauri for more information.