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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Research project: CaNDyFloSS: Carbon and Nutrient Dynamics and Fluxes over Shelf Systems

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CaNDyFloSS is a multidisciplinary project which aims to quantify and understand the role of the North West European shelf seas in the global cycles of nutrient and carbon. The project forms a major component within the wider NERC/DEFRA funded Shelf Seas Biogeochemistry programme.

The shelf sea systems, which act as the boundary between the massively perturbed terrestrial environment and the vast open ocean marine system, have huge socio-economic importance and play a disproportionate role in oceanic biogeochemical cycles. In particular, the shelf seas surrounding North West Europe are thought to represent a significant net sink for atmospheric carbon dioxide. However, the magnitude of this sink and the mechanisms for sustaining any net biological sink currently remain unknown. The CaNDyFloSS project aims to reduce both these uncertainties by undertaking a large multi-disciplinary field programme over a full annual cycle in 2014. The project thus represents a challenging and exciting opportunity to address a focused and important problem with both regional and global impact.

Key Contacts

Dr Mark Moore

Related research groups

Marine Biogeochemistry
The CaNDyFloss programme will undertake an extensive sampling of the whole region using ships of opportunity.
Satellite image of SST
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