Like any newly funded project, we needed a catchy name.
First, did an ECRP funded through the DOE BER ESS program and housed within ESD at ORNL really need an acronym? (Clearly yes). Second, how could we smush together the keywords of the project into an acronym? Phosphorus, redox, coast, biogeochemistry, iron, manganese... Third, could it ever top PhIr in the Arctic? (Probably not).
After some careful consideration, project technician/amateur herpetologist Geoff suggested CoBRA for "Coastal Biogeochemistry of Redox Active species". Ironically but thankfully, cobras are one of the few dangerous creatures not native to the area. Finally, we could move forward!
*note, this was written well after this actual discussion, so dates are approximate.
Our objective is to develop new understanding of P biogeochemistry in coastal systems in order to improve representation of coastal biogeochemistry in Earth system models. We focus on the Louisiana Gulf Coast where water management has contributed to extensive coastal degradation.
This work is supported by the DOE Early Career Research Program through the Environmental System Science program in Biological and Environmental Research.