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Mesopelagic ecosystem and biopump dynamics and connectivity in the Pacific (MEBIDyC-P)

Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology

Change humanity’s relationship with the ocean, Develop a sustainable and equitable ocean economy, North Pacific Ocean, Project, Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, Skills, knowledge and technology for all, South Pacific Ocean, Sustainably feed the global population, Unlock ocean-based solutions to climate change

The mesopelagic ecosystem residing 200m to 1,000m depth serves as the mainstay of the marine food web in the open sea and the global carbon cycle.

Yet, understanding of its structure and function and related bio-physico-chemical processes are limited. This initiative aims to understand the mesopelagic ecosystem in the Pacific in terms of species diversity, distribution and biomass, food web connectivity among epi-, meso- and bathy-pelagic regions, biological pump and carbon flux, and water column mixing and nutrient recycling. Activities will include joint exploration and data sharing, capacity building, engagement of public and policy makers for conservation of the mesopelagic.

Start Date: 01/01/2021

End Date: 31/12/2030

This project is hosted by the programme Joint Exploration of the Twilight Zone Ocean Network.


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