NOAA Awards $108K to Study Possible Links Between Gas Transfer and Biological Production in Florida Bay
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded $108,000 to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution ($76,490) and Florida International University ($31,510) to study air-water gas exchange in Florida Bay and the links to biological production. This award is the final installment of a two-year grant from NOAA with a total value of approximately $216,000.
The exchange of gases across the air-water interface has implications for the transport of pollutants and biogeochemical components of a marine ecosystem. Yet, accurate measurements of these components’ transport velocity are hampered by a lack of data. In this experiment, the scientists seek to collect data on gas transfer velocity from many locations throughout Florida Bay to give scientists a more detailed picture of air-water gas exchange.