The South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (Reserve) began monitoring water column parameters related to ocean/estuarine acidification in order to understand long-term trends in the System-Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP) water quality data. Two new instruments were added in 2015 to measure the partial pressure of carbon dioxide (pCO2) and high-resolution pH at the Valino Island SWMP station in the South Slough estuary. In addition, the Reserve added four new long-term SWMP water quality stations in the Coos estuary. By participating in this project, the intern will assist the science team with deployment and recovery of water quality instruments by boat, collect water grab samples for lab analyses, compare datasets from the instruments to look at pCO2 and pH trends, and assist with calibration and maintenance of the equipment.
From this internship, the student will gain experience in field, laboratory, and office settings. The intern will learn how to program and deploy a variety of water quality instruments, collect scientific samples and analyze data that contribute to a national database of long-term estuarine water quality information, collaborate with the Reserve research and monitoring team, and participate in other Reserve science and education projects.