Changing Oceans Expedition - UKOA

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Poster presented at the UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme Annual Meeting 2012.

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Changing Oceans Expedition - UKOA

  1. 1. Changing Oceans RRS James Cook 073 What is the Changing Oceans Activities at Sea Expedition? • Cold-water coral, sponge, invertebrate and microbial sampling.On the 17th May 2012, the RRS James Cook • Benthic time-series sampling by box corewill set sail from Glasgow headed to theshallow cold-water coral reefs of Mingulay, a • Sediment profile imaging of adjacentdeeper coral carbonate mound province, and communitiesa series of coral reefs on Rockall Bank. The • Examine temporal variation in O2 exchangeinternational scientific crew aim to develop using eddy correlation systemtheir understanding of the functional ecology • Feeding experiments with Lophelia pertusaof cold-water coral ecosystems, now, in the • Carbonate flux measurements of waterpast, and into the future. column using stand-alone pumps • Acoustic survey, CTD profiles and moving-vessel profiler transects to collect 3D profile data of the water column • Multibeam echosounder to characterise benthic habitats and small-scale habitat variability • Gravity core samples from Lophelia reef and coral carbonate mound sites Ship-board experiments Ship-board experiments Outreach ActivitiesWe will conduct short-term ocean acidification The Changing Oceans cruise will be featuredexperiments on corals (L. pertusa & on the new BBC Scotland ‘Hebrides’ series andDesmophyllum dianthus), sponges, sediment the ‘One Show’, with a team of journalistsand other invertebrates. The synergistic effect visiting the ship at Mingulay. At the sameof warming and food availability on corals will time, schoolchildren from the isle of Benbeculaalso be examined. will see the Mingulay coral reefs with theirResponses measured include: own eyes, and become ambassadors for their • Respiration environment to children across Scotland, via • Growth and calcification Our Dynamic Earth (ODE) in Edinburgh. • Proteins expressed • Dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMS/P) UK institutions involved: Heriot-Watt University, University of Aberdeen, University of Glasgow, Plymouth Marine Lab., CEFAS, University of Hull, National Oceanography Centre emission (Southampton). • Microbial communities International collaborators: University of Southern Denmark, USFWS, IFM Geomar, Instituto Español de Oceanografía, Irish Marine Institute. For further information, contact PI, Murray Roberts, J.M.Roberts@hw.ac.uk, and see www.changingoceans2012.blogspot.com UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme

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