Conditioning Reefs for the Future
Source: The University of Queensland
December 7, 2010
In a world first, a new ‘state of the art' climate change experimental facility has been completed at the University of Queensland's (UQ) Heron Island Research Station.
The Climate Change Mesocosm (CCM) project led by Associate Professor Sophie Dove and Dr David Kline from the Global Change Institute's (GCI) Coral Reef Ecosystems Laboratory is one of the largest and most accurately controlled ocean acidification and warming experimental systems in the world and simulates ocean temperatures and acidification levels predicted to occur on coral reefs in the next 50 to 100 years.
Able to regulate both temperature and CO2 levels prescribed by the 2100 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scenarios in a highly controlled environment, the CCM system allows studies of climate change from the molecular to the ecosystem level.
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