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Published on March 15th, 2009 | by Tina Casey


NOAA Recruits Lobsters to Study Ocean Circulation

March 15th, 2009 by  

Lobsters Help Collect Ocean Data for NOAAFor the past eight years, NOAA has been collecting data from inexpensive instruments attached to lobster pots, in a little-known program called eMOLTLobsters don’t have the sex appeal of NOAA’s newest recruit, the Virgin Galactic, but the information has helped in the understanding of ocean circulation in the Gulf of Maine, the dynamics of algae blooms, and the disbursement of pollutants.  With noted marine biologist Jane Lubchenco just tapped to head NOAA, look for more focus on ocean health, and perhaps more low-tech, high-value data studies like eMOLT.  Sea slugs, anyone?

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specializes in military and corporate sustainability, advanced technology, emerging materials, biofuels, and water and wastewater issues. Tina’s articles are reposted frequently on Reuters, Scientific American, and many other sites. Views expressed are her own. Follow her on Twitter @TinaMCasey and Google+.

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