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Building a future ocean


Roberts, D, Building a future ocean, Australian Antarctic Magazine, Australian Antarctic Magazine - Wendy Pyper, Hobart, Australia, June, 24, Online (2013) [Magazine Article]


Antarctic scientists are working to create a future ocean in an underwater ‘bio-dome’, 20 m beneath the sea ice off Casey station. In a world-first experiment, marine scientists Dr Donna Roberts and Dr Jonny Stark, will assess the impact of ocean acidification – caused by increasing amounts of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) dissolving in the ocean – on polar sea floor (‘benthic’) communities. To do this Dr Roberts, an ocean acidification expert from the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre and the University of Tasmania, will work with Australian Antarctic Division benthic ecologist, Dr Stark, and a team of Antarctic Division technicians, engineers and divers, to adapt ‘Free Ocean CO2 Enrichment’ (FOCE) technology for Antarctic deployment. These semi-enclosed underwater chambers allow scientists to vary the CO2 concentration in the water without changing light or nutrient conditions.

Item Details

Item Type:Magazine Article
Keywords:Antarctic Free Ocean CO2 Enrichment Experiment
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:89616
Year Published:2013
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (LE130100220)
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2014-03-09
Last Modified:2014-05-21

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