Multiple Ecosystem Time-Series

April 2, 2018 | Howard Rickard

BCSS has opened the first long-term African Ocean Observatory with a permanent time-series to monitor multiple ecosystems and ongoing climate change in parallel. This is a unique global initiative, as other schemes maintain only single time-series, research lines/transects or buoys. Offshore waters/plankton, coral reefs, seagrass meadows, mangrove swamps, mud flats, freshwater boreholes and other ecosystems […]

BCSS has opened the first long-term African Ocean Observatory with a permanent time-series to monitor multiple ecosystems and ongoing climate change in parallel. This is a unique global initiative, as other schemes maintain only single time-series, research lines/transects or buoys. Offshore waters/plankton, coral reefs, seagrass meadows, mangrove swamps, mud flats, freshwater boreholes and other ecosystems are regularly monitored. The key environmental variables we record include Total Alkalinity (TA), Dissolved Inorganic Carbon (DIC), Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Total pH, Temperature, Salinity, Dissolved Oxygen (DO), Nutrients, Dissolved major and minor Metals, Carbonates & Mg-calcite composition, Stable Isotopes, Zooplankton and Fish Larvae. The team at BCSS facilitates an open collaboration policy with its partners and cooperators looking to jointly study large ocean creatures. BCSS is currently starting work on bull and tiger shark tagging for telemetry and acoustic detection and is also assessing satellite tagging projects with black marlin to better understand migrations across oceans.