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The University of Southampton
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Research project: Biogeochemistry, macronutrient and carbon cycling in the benthic layer (BMCC)

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BMCC will close key knowledge gaps concerning nutrient and carbon exchange processes in shelf sea sediment systems and answer some of the UK priority challenges related to understanding: 1) the contributions that shelf seas make to global biogeochemical cycles, 2) how shelf sea environments will respond to multiple anthropogenic stressors and climate change, and 3) the role of shelf seas in the maintenance of service flows and delivery of benefits to society.

Focussing on the Celtic Sea, the main activities of this 3.5 year programme will be to combine (i) a detailed study of representative shelf sea landscapes that spans the full variety of biogeochemical conditions typically observed in temperate shelf seas, with (ii) broad-scale in situ validation studies, and (iii) manipulative laboratory and field experiments aimed at unambiguously identifying causal relationships and establishing generality, and (iv) integration of new understanding of controls and effects on carbon (C) and nutrient cycles into modelling approaches (empirical, GIS, ERSEM) to disseminate baseline biogeochemical function at regional scales and under changed conditions.

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The aim of the programme is to reduce the uncertainty in our understanding of nutrient and carbon cycling within the shelf seas, and of their overall role in global biogeochemical cycles.

Key Contacts

Dr Martin Solan

Related research groups

Marine Biology and Ecology
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