The University of Washington is part of a partnership which is using a water monitoring sensor on the state ferry MV Salish to help them gain information on low-oxygen water and ocean acidification.
The Salish crosses the Admiralty Inlet between Port Townsend and Whidbey Island 11 times a day, and the sensor, or acoustic doppler current profiler, will provide data on the speed and direction of water movement. The area was chosen to measure water exchange between the Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean.
The program is a partnership between UW, Washington State Ferries and the Washington State Department of Ecology, which is expected to post updates on the project to its blog at http://ecologywa.blogspot.com.
Photo of the MV Salish courtesy of the Washington State Department of Transportation.