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  JULY 2015  

Team DuraFET to Donate $250,000 XPRIZE Award to Support Ocean Acidification Research

Team DuraFET, a collective of environmental and technology leaders from Honeywell Aerospace, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Sea-Bird Scientific, was awarded $250,000 in the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE for its development of advanced deep-sea pH sensor technologies. The sensors enable scientists and oceanographers to accurately and easily observe ocean acidification and address potential threats to global marine ecosystems.

Team DuraFET announced this week that they plan to donate the $250,000 Ocean Health XPRIZE award to the Argo ocean observing program, with the goal of driving continued research into monitoring pH levels across varying ocean depths for months and years at a time. Argo is a global array of more than 3,000 free-drifting profiling floats that measures the temperature and salinity of the upper 2000m of the ocean. The donation will enable Argo to expand their mission to include ocean acidification research. "The addition of stable biogeochemical sensors for pH and other measurements is a valuable new dimension to the Argo program," said Dean Roemmich, a professor of oceanography at Scripps and co-chair of the International Argo Steering Team. "Our current global core measurements have so far been only temperature, salinity and ocean current. The addition of pH would give us a more comprehensive view of the ecological health of the global ocean."

"As the commercial partner on Team DuraFET, we are excited to be able to bring this technology from the laboratory to the ocean. By partnering with the strong institutions in team DuraFET, we have developed a truly accurate and durable sensor that will significantly broaden our view on the health of our ocean ecosystem," said Casey Moore, president, Sea-Bird Scientific. "Since the late 1970s, Sea-Bird has been trusted to provide the data that can solve the hardest real-world problems in the world's oceans. We intend to use this experience and Team DuraFET's technology to create a broad family of products that will support essential acidification studies in the near-shore and ocean environments."

Sea-Bird Scientific's expanded line of ocean pH sensors (SeaFET™, SeapHOx™, Deep SeapHOx™) will help scientists track precise pH measurements over year-long periods of time, and across every ocean environment (tropical all the way to the ice caps) while remaining affordable and sustainable. The Float Deep SeaFET™ is now available on the Navis BGCi + pH Autonomous Profiling Float and will be available on other profiling float platforms soon.



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Deep SeapHOx™ Ocean CT(D)-pH-DO Sensor Now Available

Sea-Bird Scientific's new Deep SeapHOx™ combines the Satlantic Deep SeaFET™ pH sensor with the Sea-Bird Electronics SBE 37-SMP-ODO MicroCAT CTD+DO sensor. The Deep SeaFET™ adapts the MBARI/SIO/Honeywell Deep-Sea DuraFET technology to measure pH in a deep moored package, utilizing the conductivity, temperature and pressure measurements from the MicroCAT to optimize the measurement of ocean pH in real-time. The integrated package also allows the SeaFET™ to take advantage of the SBE 37's pumped flow path and anti-fouling technology to extend deployment durations.


  • pH
  • Conductivity
  • Temperature
  • Pressure
  • Optical Dissolved Oxygen
  • Industry-leading conductivity cell biofouling protection

For more information on the new Deep SeapHOx™, visit our web site or call us at +1 425 643 9866.


Meet the People
Stephanie Jaeger, Oceanographer

We are pleased to announce that Stephanie Jaeger has joined the Ocean Research Business Unit as Oceanographer in our science team. Stephanie joined Sea-Bird in October 2013 as a member of the Technical Support team. She has also worked closely with our Science team providing key feedback on many recent product development initiatives.

Stephanie has a B.S. in Marine Science and Biology from Southampton College in NY, and an M.S. in Oceanography (2006) from Oregon State University. She completed her graduate work on the development of a unique in-situ flow-through chemical analyzer for measuring microbial enzyme activities at a coastal ocean observatory in New Jersey. Her research interests included biogeochemical cycling and organic matter transformation in marine microbial communities to gain an understanding of nutrient dynamics. Following her graduate studies, she managed project operations and data from continuous monitoring of water quality and conditions for the WA State Department of Ecology, gaining extensive experience with Sea-Bird equipment in moored applications. She also has significant sea experience aboard both oceanographic research and educational vessels as an assistant scientist, instructor, and crew member, and has taught Oceanography at a local community college.

Stephanie enjoys analyzing data, trouble-shooting oceanographic instrumentation and contributing to sensor development, with the goal of improving data collection capabilities in support of a greater understanding of the ocean and climate. In her free time, she likes to spend time outside in her garden, on hiking or biking trails, or on the water. She also enjoys sailing, and volunteers for the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle, WA.

We are excited to have someone with Stephanie's background join the Ocean Research Team!


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