Navigation Links
Conditioning reefs for the future
Date:12/7/2010

In a world first, a new 'state of the art' climate change experimental facility has been completed at the University of Queensland's Heron Island Research Station.

The Climate Change Mesocosm (CCM) project led by Associate Professor Sophie Dove and Dr. David Kline from the Global Change Institute's Coral Reef Ecosystems Laboratory is one of the largest and most accurately controlled ocean acidification and warming experimental systems in the world and simulates ocean temperatures and acidification levels predicted to occur on coral reefs in the next 50 to 100 years.

Able to regulate both temperature and CO2 levels prescribed by the 2100 IPCC scenarios in a highly controlled environment, the CCM system allows studies of climate change from the molecular to the ecosystem level.

"While similar to the "Free Ocean Carbon Enrichment" (FOCE) project, recently featured in Sir David Attenborough's documentary "Death of the Oceans", the CCM differs in that it regulates the temperature, in addition to, the acidification levels above and below the current ambient conditions of water on the reef" said Dr Dove.

It is unique in so far as the experimental controls allow variation with respect to real-time conditions of CO2 and temperature measured in the adjacent deepwater of Wistari channel."

Conditions in the 72 experimental aquaria and 12 mini-reefs can then fluctuate a fixed amount above or below the ambient 'control' conditions, but importantly incorporate a day/night and seasonal variability."

The main components of the system are 4 x 7,500L custom built air-tight and insulated fibre-glass tanks or sumps which provide the necessary residence time of the water for the fine control of CO2 and temperature.

Dr David Kline a research fellow with the GCI explains "We are simulating preindustrial ocean conditions of -100 ppm CO2 and minus 1C; a control treatment of curre
'/>"/>

Contact: Robert Mackay-Wood
r.mackaywood@uq.edu.au
61-410-491-159
Global Change Institute
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. New ocean acidification study shows added danger to already struggling coral reefs
2. From bees to coral reefs: How humans impact partnerships in the natural world
3. Climate accord loopholes could spell 4.2-degree rise in temperature and end of coral reefs by 2100
4. Taking the pulse of coral reefs
5. NOAA, SeaWeb partner to communicate the value of coral reefs
6. Study shows cleaner water mitigates climate change effects on Florida Keys coral reefs
7. Discovery of how coral reefs adapt to global warming could aid reef restoration
8. Oil spill reshapes sweeping new study of oyster reefs -- Virginia to Florida
9. Distressed damsels stress coral reefs
10. Ancient corals hold new hope for reefs
11. Will coral reefs disappear?
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/16/2014)... Respiratory Syncytial Virus causes severe respiratory tract infections ... each year. Scientists at VIB and Ghent University ... to counteract this common virus infection. , ... strategy that paves the way for the development ... a virus that causes suffering in numerous small ...
(Date:10/15/2014)... 15, 2014 Sandata Technologies, LLC, an ... community-based care, today announced it released a case ... Electronic Visit Verification™ Solution (EVV™)  for Quality Care ... health company founded in 1996 and has five ... The study details the challenges facing ...
(Date:10/15/2014)... Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) as a full ... to maintain a significant nationwide standing in the ... of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz as a full ... the national and international competition for the best ... can be proud that Mainz University has been ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):New perspectives for development of an RSV vaccine 2Sandata Announces Case Study with Quality Care Services, Inc. 2Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz joins Germany's Gauss-Allianz as a full member 2Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz joins Germany's Gauss-Allianz as a full member 3
... will soon host a round-the-clock, robotically choreographed hunt for ... leads a diverse team of scientists whose goal is ... dioxide from a power plant,s exhaust, before it leaves ... betting on a recently discovered class of materials called ...
... Scientist Jon Chase once worked in a lab that set up ... "We would try to duplicate pond communities with a given ... in each pond, and five of these species, and eight of ... grams of that and ,sproing, every replicate would do its own ...
... People often have strong opinions on the "right" firmness ... some cell types have similar preferences for their ... Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National ... offer cells a three-dimensional scaffold that varies over a ...
Cached Biology News:The search for improved carbon sponges picks up speed 2The search for improved carbon sponges picks up speed 3The great pond experiment: Regional vs. local biodiversity 2The great pond experiment: Regional vs. local biodiversity 3Scaffold gradients: Finding the right environment for developing cells 2
(Date:10/20/2014)... Convey Computer , the leader in ... State University won first place in the 2014 ... the team’s solution achieved the highest overall performance in ... place finisher. , Experts from all segments of the ... challenge, using a variety of design tools, hardware and ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... Inc. (TSXV: BRM) ("Biorem" or "the Company") today announced four new ... and provides a good start to Q4.  The orders are for ... and one in the Middle East . ... Peter Bruijns , President & CEO. "Total bidding activity and ... have been for any complete year since the company has tracked ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... Oct. 20, 2014  GenVec, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNVC ... , Ph.D., from its board of directors effective on October ... 2003, and served as its chairman from June 2006 to ... Nominating and Corporate Governance and Audit Committees of the board.  ... a decade of dedicated service to GenVec, and its stockholders," ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... 2014 OncLive® is ... Center at Thomas Jefferson University has joined its ... Strategic Alliance Partnership program, the Sidney Kimmel Cancer ... raise awareness of the Center’s cutting-edge research programs, ... Clinicians and other health care professionals from the ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Team from Iowa State Wins 2014 MemoCODE Design Contest Using Convey HC-2ex 2Team from Iowa State Wins 2014 MemoCODE Design Contest Using Convey HC-2ex 3Zola P. Horovitz To Retire From GenVec Board 2Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University Partners With OncLive 2Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University Partners With OncLive 3
... Madison, Wis. - Matt Miszewski will leave his ... at the end of February, about the time an audit ... released. , ,Miszewski, who likely will pursue opportunities in the ... e-mail and praised them for revolutionizing the use of technology ...
... Wis. - Wisconsin companies raised more venture capital in ... in both categories, according to report from Ernst & ... ,Companies in Wisconsin reported 12 venture deals in 2006, including ... a Madison-based maker of genomic research tools, for a total ...
... MailFoundry , a provider of anti-spam appliances and solutions, ... spam tactics known as botnet e-mail harvesting ... company's chief executive said the new RedListing anti-spam layer, produced ... no false positives and realtime detection capabilities. , ,David C. ...
Cached Biology Technology:Miszewski to depart as state IT audit wraps up 2Wisconsin fares slightly better in venture capital chase 2Wisconsin fares slightly better in venture capital chase 3