Melting ice cap gives urgency to new census of marine life project in Arctic Ocean

A multinational partnership of polar scientists will take an historic census of marine life in the Arctic Ocean, including the planet's oldest seawater a vast, still pool unstirred for millennia, walled by steep ridges and lidded with ice.

Experts in biology, geology and physics from the circumpolar and other nations will use submersibles, modern sonar detection and traditional techniques to record and inventory biodiversity in the Arctic Ocean in anticipation of additional climatic warming that, if realized, could remove the ice cap and dramatically alter aquatic life in the region.

The project is part of the 10-year, $1 billion Census of Marine Life (CoML), an unprecedented cooperative initiative involving leading marine scientists from every world region. The Arctic CoML has been seeded with a $600,000 grant from the New York-based Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, announced today.

"The tremendous on-going changes make the effort to identify the diversity of life in the three major realms (sea ice, water column and sea floor) an urgent issue," according to researchers Rolf Gradinger, Russ Hopcroft and Bodil Bluhm of the University of Alaska, the project's headquarters.

The magnitude of predicted environmental change on marine life requires long-term monitoring, crucial to which is the availability of baseline data. "Species level information is essential to discussions of climate change, its expressions and effects," the researchers say.

A particular focus will be the Canada Basin, a huge, largely unknown underwater ice-lidded hole 3,800 meters deep immediately north of the Yukon Territory and Alaska. It connects to the Pacific Ocean through the 70-meter deep Bering Strait, and is sheltered from the North Atlantic's influence by the narrow Fram Strait and Lomonossov ridge, which juts up to within 1400 metres of the surface.

Many species existing in the extreme frigid depths of the Canada Basin do not travel to shall

Contact: Terry Collins
Census of Marine Life

Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. US investment firm gives away Rhode Island-sized lands in Chile
2. Small animal imaging gives cancer clues
3. Research gives hope to preemies and Crohns patients
4. Field Museum gives Parker/Gentry Award to Chinese conservationist
5. National Cancer Gene Therapy Foundation gives $4.0 million in research grants
6. ORNLs nanobiosensor technology gives new access to living cells molecular processes
7. New analysis gives cancer patients personalized prognosis
8. Duke study gives first worldwide measure of sea turtle casualties by longline fishing
9. Brain Centre gives Wales a world lead
10. Green Foundation, Trust gives $12.8 million for UT Southwestern comprehensive research center
11. Study by UCSD gives new insight into how anthrax bacteria can evade a hosts immune response

Post Your Comments:

(Date:10/27/2015)... 27, 2015 Munich, Germany ... Mapping technology (ASGM) automatically maps data from mobile eye ... , so that they can be quantitatively analyzed ... Munich, Germany , October 28-29, 2015. SMI,s ... from mobile eye tracking videos created with SMI,s ...
(Date:10/26/2015)... LAS VEGAS , Oct. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... innovator in modern authentication and a founding member of ... of its latest version of the Nok Nok™ S3 ... use standards-based authentication that supports existing and emerging methods ... is ideal for organizations deploying customer-facing applications that require ...
(Date:10/23/2015)... BERLIN and GOLETA, California ... the HFES conference, BIOPAC and SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI) announce ... and eye tracking data captured during interactive real-world tasks ... plug and play integration of their established wearable solutions ... researchers to synchronize gaze behavior captured with SMI ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:11/24/2015)... /CNW Telbec/ - ProMetic Life Sciences Inc. (TSX: PLI) (OTCQX: ... Pierre Laurin , President and Chief Executive Officer of ProMetic, ... Jaffray 27 th Annual Healthcare Conference to be held ... st , at 8.50am (ET) and ProMetic,s ... day. The presentation will be available live via a webcast ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 24, 2015 , ... Whitehouse Laboratories ... Laboratory. The new stand-alone facility will be strictly dedicated to basic USP 61, ... and existing clients the chance to have complete chemistry and micro testing performed by ...
(Date:11/23/2015)... , ... November 23, 2015 , ... ... for the development of its Nexera UC Unified Chromatography system. The award from ... technically significant new products of the year in the analytical and testing category. ...
(Date:11/23/2015)... (NYSE: CRY ), a leading medical device and tissue ... that it will participate in the upcoming 27 th ... at The New York Palace Hotel in New ... and Chief Executive Officer. --> Pat Mackin ... A live webcast of the Company,s presentation is scheduled to ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: