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Antarctic icebergs help the ocean take up carbon dioxide
Date:5/11/2011

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  • Aerial surveys and tracking of icebergs using radio-controlled aircraft

  • The fresh water, iron, and sediment released by melting icebergs

  • The design and operation of the Lagrangian sediment traps, and the amounts of debris, organic carbon, and other materials collected by these traps

  • Populations of marine microbes, algae, marine animals, and seabirds around the icebergs

    After overcoming many challenges to study a few icebergs, Smith and Sherman are working on strategies and automated tools for measuring the effects of the many icebergs in "iceberg alley" over periods of months to years. This would provide a much better estimate of how icebergs are affecting the chemistry and biology of the Southern Ocean.


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  • Contact: Kim Fulton-Bennett
    kfb@mbari.org
    831-775-1835
    Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
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