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

Research project: The supply of iron from shelf sediments to the ocean

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This NERC funded project forms a part of the Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry Programme that seeks to improve our understanding of how the cycling and fate of nutrient elements can impact the carbon cycle in shelf systems.

Project Overview

The new RRS Discovery will be the main vessel used in this project and there will be 6 cruises in just 10 months in 2014.
RRS Discovery

Iron is essentail to all life forms in the ocean, and can limit primary production when at very low concentrations. Of the sources of Fe to the ocean, ocean shelf sediments have been suggested to represent the largest. However, we have very limited understanding of exactly how this iron may be released from sediments, how it can be transported into the ocean interior and what processes can impact the flux of this essential element. This project aims to investigate key aspects of the processes at work.

Main website: http://www.nerc.ac.uk/research/programmes/shelfsea

Key Contacts

Professor Peter Statham

PhDs and Other Opportunities

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Related research groups

Marine Biogeochemistry

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