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PML supports $2 million XPRIZE seeking new sensors to study ocean acidification


PML has been named official supporter of the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE foundation, following the exciting announcement this week that XPRIZE will be offering a $2-million prize challenge to an innovator who can build cheaper and better pH sensors in the quest for a global solution to ocean acidification.

The 22-month competition will award two $1-million prizes, one to the best low-cost sensor and one to the most accurate. The competition’s organizers decided to award two prizes because the two goals present different engineering challenges. Registration opens on 1 January 2014.

This is the second collaboration between the XPrize Foundation of California and Wendy Schmidt, who co-founded the Schmidt Ocean Institute with her husband Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman. In 2011, the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X Challenge awarded $1.4 million to projects cleaning up oil spills.

Ocean acidification is still a relatively recently recognised phenomenon and PML has been at the forefront of this developing research area, earning an internationally recognised reputation for research and advice to policy makers. More knowledge is still required about how ocean acidification will impact upon the oceans environmentally, socially and economically, and PML is leading part of the UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme to investigate the impacts of ocean acidification, including co-ordinating how the knowledge gained will be made available to stakeholders, policy makers, scientists and the public.

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