Author: Nick Nickerson, Eosense Gas analyzers have become increasingly more precise over the past 10 years with the adoption of laser-based sources and ultra-long path length optical cells. However, usually this has been at the cost of power consumption, making them difficult to easily deploy in the field, especially off-grid.
Arctic Water and Carbon Isotope Cycles from the USCG Icebreaker Healy: Chukchi Sea, Alaska July 2016
The hydrologic and carbon cycles in the Arctic are currently changing in conjunction with climatic transitions. This includes changes in sea ice extent and thickness, Arctic Ocean pH, and patterns of primary productivity and food web dynamics. Additionally, sea ice related changes in evaporation processes are influencing winter and summer precipitation regimes and broader scale climatic patterns. For example, Arctic vortex shifts allow more Arctic air to reach lower latitudes, which can result in more frequent extreme weather events in the northeast United States.
Concerns about food safety and food origins are increasing around the world as our understanding of the potential health risks of adulterated food grows and consumers become aware of the risks of fraudulent food products that have been diluted with lower quality substitutes. Picarro's technology is at the forefront of the fight against food adulteration. Our isotopic analyzers allow scientists and regulators to analyze food ingredients to determine whether the food is genuine and came from where its label says it came from.