Andrew Dickson

Professor of Marine Chemistry, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Theme 1 Co-Investigator
Office Phone
Scripps Institution of Oceanography UCSD, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla CA 92093


Seawater carbon dioxide chemistry: its analysis and thermodynamics


Andrew Dickson is a leading expert in seawater carbon dioxide chemistry. His laboratory provides certified reference materials for seawater CO2 measurements. These reference materials are used by nearly 300 laboratories around the world to calibrate measurements for total alkalinity, total dissolved inorganic carbon, and pH. Dickson's other research aims to characterize the thermodynamics of acid-base processes in seawater systems, to measure CO2 levels in the ocean, and to research further into causes of ocean acidification.

Within SOCCOM, his laboratory will be primarily involved in the analysis of pH and other CO2 parameters in the waters of the Southern Ocean. These measurements will be used to ensure high-quality calibration of the proposed profiling pH floats, and should enable correlation algorithims to be developed between various hydrographic parameters and the CO2 levels that will enable SOCCOM to obtain a detailed picture of CO2 distributions in the Southern Ocean.