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Open-Source Ocean: Testing the Effects of Acidification on Marine Ecosystems


Roberts, D, Open-Source Ocean: Testing the Effects of Acidification on Marine Ecosystems, Txchnologist - Rebecca Ruiz, General Electric, United States, 19 November 2012, 1, Online (2012) [Magazine Article]

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Dr. Donna Roberts, ocean acidification project leader at the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Center in Australia, has also worked with MBARI on creating a FOCE for another deployment. In summer 2014, her team will send four FOCE units to the Antarctic sea floor to monitor how polar ecosystems respond to higher carbon dioxide emissions. Such knowledge is particularly important, Roberts says, because cold waters absorb more carbon dioxide than warmer waters. This will be the first FOCE unit deployed under ice, and will be at risk of being struck by the "bergy bits" of ice that break off over the summer. The chamber will have to be entrenched in the seafloor and built with materials that can withstand extreme cold. The Antarctic FOCE will study seafloor communities that are often overlooked, but are essential to releasing vital nutrients back into the water to support the plankton that drive ocean productivity.

Item Details

Item Type:Magazine Article
Keywords:Southern ocean acidification
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Climate change impacts and adaptation
Research Field:Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Effects of climate change on Antarctic and sub-Antarctic environments (excl. social impacts)
UTAS Author:Roberts, D (Dr Donna Roberts)
ID Code:89612
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2014-03-09
Last Modified:2014-06-10

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