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Bios oceanographic research projects get new funding – the Royal Gazette

Updated: November 17, 2021 at 7:44 AM

Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences. (File photo)

Three research programs of the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences received new funding to continue their work.

Bermuda’s bio-optics program has been awarded cash by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Hydrostation S has been supported by the US National Science Foundation, meaning both programs will be funded until 2025.

The NOAA Surface Ocean Carbon Network has received funding through 2026 from the United States-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The Currents de Bios newsletter said the three programs collected valuable data on climate change.

The bulletin said: “Over time, long-term ocean monitoring programs can resolve annual changes in the function of marine ecosystems and highlight shorter-term features, such as eddies, that play a role. important in the physical, chemical and biological structure of marine ecosystems. “

The Bermuda Bio-Optics Project, launched in 1992, carried out regular observations of underwater light fields in the open sea.

The Hydrostation S was launched in 1954 and has since created the longest time series of ocean data, which has been used for a wide range of studies.

Nick Bates, BIOS Senior Scientist and Research Director, said: “In the coming years we will be examining how data from the Hydrostation ‘S’ fits with data from the Bermuda Atlantic time series. , including organizing a workshop to focus on this topic. topic.

“Our goal is to see this program exceed 100 years. “

The NOAA Surface Ocean Carbon network studies carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, including measurements of temperature, salinity, and pCO2 – a measurement that helps scientists determine whether the ocean is releasing or absorbing CO2.

An article published last year used data from the network to show a drop in CO2 emissions and an increase in ocean uptake during the global Covid-19 lockdown.