ECOMAR is a £2 million UK project aimed at understanding how physical and biogeochemical factors influence the distributions and structure of deep-sea communities, focusing on the fauna of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
The project is focusing it’s sampling on four sites in different environmental settings. The four sites are located on either side of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and to the north and south of the Charlie Gibbs Fracture Zone (CGFZ).
The overall objective of ECOMAR are: 1) to determine the local and regional influence of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge as a physical structure on the ecology of the North Atlantic Basin in terms of production, biomass and biodiversity from the surface to the deep-sea floor, and 2) to use these data to infer the effects of mid ocean ridges on the global ocean.
ECOMAR comprises six different workpackages managed by seven different research institues: 1) Oceanlab, University of Aberdeen, 2) Scottish Association of Marine Science, Oban, 3) National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, 4) Durham University, 5) University of St Andrews, 6) Plymouth Marine Laboratory and 7) Newcastle University.
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