Partnering with the Private Sector
Ships of Opportunity (SOPs) or Volunteer Observing Ships (VOSs) are vessels at sea for reasons other than ocean acidification , such as commercial cargo ships or ferries.
The owners of these vessels allow scientific instrumentation that measures ocean acidification parameters to be installed and collect data while the ship is underway. This allows data on ocean chemistry to be collected in many remote areas of the world’s ocean, such as high latitude waters, long distances from land (e.g. mid-basin waters), and places not easily accessible by research cruises. These partnerships have greatly increased the spatial coverage of ocean acidification monitoring world-wide. To learn more, check out the Ships of Opportunity programs established by the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) and the NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic Marine Laboratory (AOML).