A new competition will offer $2 million to inventors of new ocean acidification monitoring technology, according to the Ocean Acidification Blog.
Competition organizers for the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health X Prize plan to award $1 million to a team that creates the most accurate pH sensor possible. A second team will be awarded $1 million for creating a pH sensor which costs less than $10,000.
The goal of the competition is to spur the creation of extremely stable instruments that do not need frequent calibrations.
Many sensors that measure ocean pH today cost around $25,000 and require frequent calibration.
Build plans will be presented in London March 11-13 during Oceanology 2014. The competition is expected to last through July 2015.