Greg Johnson, of NOAA’s PMEL, will lead massive Deep ARGO project

Greg Johnson, an oceanographer at NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle received a $4 million grant from Paul G. Allen Philanthropies to deploy the first large-scale array of the new sensors, called Deep Argo floats. Johnson states that “understanding ocean temperatures is vital to understanding climate and climate change. Since 1970, the oceans have absorbed more than 90 percent of the excess heat from greenhouse warming”. The new project hopes to go greater depths in the ocean than previous studies to uncover trends in ocean circulation. Johnson, famed for his translation of the IPCC Report into haikus, wrote one to explain the purpose of this project, “Abyssal ocean, modulating climate change, Deep Argo observes”.