project . 2010 - 2011 . Closed

Development of a laser-based sea-ice chlorophyll sensor

UK Research and Innovation
  • Funder: UK Research and InnovationProject code: NE/H002227/1
  • Funded under: NERC Funder Contribution: 180,571 GBP
  • Status: Closed
  • Start Date
    31 Mar 2010
    End Date
    29 Jun 2011
Description
We want to build a scientific instrument that can measure the amount of algae growing on the underside of sea ice. Sea-ice algae form the base of many polar marine foodwebs, but data on the mesoscale (tens to hundreds of km) variability in the abundance of algae are lacking because of sampling difficulties. This is hampering efforts to understand sea-ice ecosystem function, and predictions of consequences that ongoing sea-ice melt (due to climatic warming) might have. At present the most reliable way to measure sea-ice algal abundance is to drill holes through the ice from above and collect the algae. This is labour intensive, time consuming and not without risk...
Description
We want to build a scientific instrument that can measure the amount of algae growing on the underside of sea ice. Sea-ice algae form the base of many polar marine foodwebs, but data on the mesoscale (tens to hundreds of km) variability in the abundance of algae are lacking because of sampling difficulties. This is hampering efforts to understand sea-ice ecosystem function, and predictions of consequences that ongoing sea-ice melt (due to climatic warming) might have. At present the most reliable way to measure sea-ice algal abundance is to drill holes through the ice from above and collect the algae. This is labour intensive, time consuming and not without risk...
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