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Southern Ocean Carbon Uptake and Chemical Change
by Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Co-operative Research Centre (Scientific community)
To deliver knowledge of drivers and changes in the Southern Ocean acidity, trace nutrient controls on productivity of the waters from the Antarctic shelves to the open ocean, and improve capacity to assess probably biological response to the changing chemical cycles. The research is designed to identify vulnerabilities ecosystems, and provide information to assist in maintaining sustainable marine ecosystems for the Southern Ocean.
Progress reports
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
Assessment of decadal-scale change in ocean acidity for the Southern Ocean waters south of Australia
Carry out field programs to quantify spatial and temporal variations in the severity of ocean acidification as modulated by background ecosystems processes from the Antarctic shelves to open ocean
Financing (in USD)
2,900,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Staff / Technical expertise involving 18 researchers
Basic information
Time-frame: June 2014 - June 2019
Australian Antarctic Division (Government), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (Government), University of Tasmania (Academic Institution), Alfred Wegener Institute (Academic institution), Curtin University (Academic Institution), Laboratoire dEtudes en Gophysique et Ocanographie Spatiales (Academic Institution).
Ocean Basins
  • Southern Ocean
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Outputs provide understanding of change in the Southern Ocean acidity and the exposure of marine ecosystems to the changes, delivering to the UNESCO/IOC and IAEA Global Ocean Acidification Monitoring Network and the UNESCO/IOC Global Ocean Observing Syste
Contact information
David Reilly, Public Affairs Manager, David.Reilly@acecrc.org.au, +61 3 6226 2380
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