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Community structure and processes in the deep-sea benthos

Objective



This project investigates the factors controlling deep-sea
benthic communities, in particular perturbations at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. The study is a development of a previous MAST contract with more clearly focused objectives and now including a significant modelling element.

The general objectives of the project are:

1. to describe the natural structure and variability in
offshore benthic communities of the North-East Atlantic;

2. to relate the structure and variability to processes in the physical, chemical, and biological environment;

3. to describe the trophic network in the benthic boundary layer and estimate the organic carbon flux through the
deep-sea benthic ecosystem; and

4. to attempt to predict the changes that are likely to be associated with natural and anthropogenic disturbance.

The project is carried out on 3 levels:

- acquisition of raw data and samples on a number of
cruises which concentrate on two sites in the NE
Atlantic;

- main research programmes, involving the initial analysis and interpretation of samples and data, divided into one
section on structural aspects and another on processes;
and

- combination of a number of specific modelling approaches which will contribute to the overall analysis of deep-sea
benthic ecosystems.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

NERC Institute of Oceanographic Sciences
Address
Deacon Laboratory Brook Road Wormley
GU8 5UB Godalming
United Kingdom

Participants (11)

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
Address
Silwood Park
SL5 7PY Ascot
Institut Océanographique 'Fondation Albert I Prince de Monaco'
France
Address
195 Rue Saint-jacques
75005 Paris
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
United Kingdom
Address
Cromwell Road
London
NERC Centre of Coastal and Marine Sciences
United Kingdom
Address

PA34 4AD Oban
UNIVERSITY OF HAMBURG
Germany
Address
Zeiseweg 9
22765 Hamburg
Universidade de Lisboa
Portugal
Address
Estrada Do Guincho
2750 Cascais
Universiteit Gent
Belgium
Address
35,K.l. Ledeganckstraat
9000 Gent
University College Galway
Ireland
Address
University Road
90 Galway
University of Aberdeen
United Kingdom
Address
2 Tillydrone Avenue
AB9 2TN Aberdeen
University of Southampton
United Kingdom
Address
European Way
SO14 3ZH Southampton
University of Strathclyde
United Kingdom
Address
Livingstone Tower 26 Richmond Street
G1 1XH Glasgow