Team of Leading Environmental and Aerospace Institutions Donates Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE Winnings to University of Washington Foundation
August 10, 2017
SEATTLE, Oct. 13, 2015 – An award-winning team of environmental and technology leaders from Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE: HON), Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and Sea-Bird Scientific, has donated $250,000 to the University of Washington School of Oceanography Argo Laboratory. The $250,000 was awarded to Team DuraFET in July for winning second place in the accuracy category of the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE. The winnings will enable the ocean science community to monitor and better understand the environmental impact of ocean acidification in remote regions of the globe that are seldom visited by research vessels.Team DuraFET was recognized by the XPRIZE Foundation for its development, testing and deployment of the advanced SeaFET™, SeapHOx™ and Deep-Sea DuraFET pH sensors. The sensors, which are based on Honeywell’s solid-state Ion Sensitive Field Effect Transistor, allow scientists and oceanographers to accurately and easily observe ocean acidification, address potential threats to global marine ecosystems and will provide precise pH measurements over yearlong periods while remaining affordable and sustainable.The University of Washington Argo Laboratory is the only laboratory in the world to integrate the pressure-tolerant Honeywell DuraFET pH sensor into its oceanic platforms. The university is a major supplier of profiling floats to the Argo observing program, a collaboration of 30 nations that monitors the temperature and salinity of the upper 2000 meters of the ocean. The Team DuraFET donation will enable the University of Washington and Argo to begin broadening the program’s observations to include ocean acidification.“Our recognition in the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE speaks to the world-class accuracy of our advanced pH sensor technologies,” said Robert Carlson, senior technical manager of Advanced Technology, Honeywell Aerospace. “The University of Washington has been instrumental in integrating and testing our sensor technology as part of its larger ocean observation efforts, and we hope that this donation helps directly impact the awareness and research on the effects of ocean acidification.”“The floats and pH sensors will be deployed throughout the world ocean, and the data will be available to all researchers in real time,” said Kenneth Johnson, senior scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. “This gift will enable a much broader understanding of changing ocean pH and the impacts on ocean ecosystems, which is now monitored at only a few locations in the open ocean.”“Beyond the immediate proximity of the coasts, we have no real idea of how large acidification might be, either now or in the future, largely due to a lack of observations,” said Stephen Riser, professor of oceanography and lead of the University of Washington’s Argo group. “Being able to make high-quality measurements of pH from the sea surface to a depth of 2 kilometers, at sites from the equator to the poles, represents a huge advance in our ability study ocean acidification and the oceanic carbon cycle.”“As a neighbor in the Seattle area, Sea-Bird Scientific has worked closely with the University of Washington School of Oceanography and Argo Laboratory for many years, and we are pleased to be able to help support their program to study ocean acidification on a large scale” said Casey Moore, president, Sea-Bird Scientific. “We are thrilled to be the commercial provider of the revolutionary pH technology developed by Team DuraFET, and look forward to helping the University of Washington and others significantly broaden our view on the health of our ocean ecosystem.”Development of the oceanographic DuraFET sensors was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanographic Partnership Program, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The University of Washington profiling float project is supported by NOAA and the National Science Foundation. About the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZEThe Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE is a $2 million global competition that challenges teams of engineers, scientists and innovators to create affordable, accurate and efficient pH sensors. Current options on the market are costly, imprecise or too unstable to allow for sufficient knowledge on the state of ocean acidification, and this competition seeks to change that. About Monterey Bay Aquarium Research InstituteThe Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) is a private, non-profit research institution where scientists and engineers work together to develop new instruments and methods for studying the ocean. MBARI scientists and engineers conduct multidisciplinary research in a variety of fields, including marine biology, marine chemistry, marine geology, physical oceanography, and marine technology. Located in Moss Landing, California, MBARI is supported primarily by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. About Scripps Institution of OceanographyScripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for global science research and education in the world. Now in its second century of discovery, the scientific scope of the institution has grown to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical, and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. Hundreds of research programs covering a wide range of scientific areas are under way today on every continent and in every ocean. The institution has a staff of about 1,400 and annual expenditures of approximately $170 million from federal, state, and private sources. Scripps operates robotic networks and one of the largest U.S. academic fleets with four oceanographic research ships and one research platform for worldwide exploration. Birch Aquarium at Scripps serves as the interpretive center of the institution and showcases Scripps research and a diverse array of marine life through exhibits and programming for more than 425,000 visitors each year. About Sea-Bird ScientificSea-Bird Scientific, a global provider of oceanographic and water quality sensors and platforms, is headquartered in Bellevue, WA. Sea-Bird Scientific manufactures a variety of pH sensors including the SeaFET™ Ocean pH sensor. The SeaFET™ is also used in the SeapHOx™, a combination pH, conductivity, temperature, depth, and oxygen sensor. Using Team DuraFET’s deep ocean pH sensor technology, Sea-Bird Scientific has recently launched the Deep SeapHOx™ and Float Deep SeaFET™ sensors bringing highly accurate and stable pH measurements to depths of 2000 meters. 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