Entangled Sulphur and Carbon cycles in Phaeocystis dominated Ecosystems (ESCAPE)

Updated 2001-04-06

The principal aim of the project is to establish a link between the marine carbon and sulphur cycles, for which the marine phytoplankton taxon Phaeocystis sp. was chosen as a model organism. This colony forming alga is an important source of the volatile organic sulphur compound dimethyl sulphide (DMS), and its dense blooms can act as a carbon sink. By combining the expertise of researchers working on the carbon and sulphur cycles a thorough inventory of these chemicals will be made. This should result in a better understanding of the role of Phaeocystis blooms in the escape of DMS in the atmosphere and of carbon from the photic zone, and consequently of its role in climate control.

This is not a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project

Time frame

Status
Ongoing
Project time span
not specified
Data collection
not specified
Data processing
not specified
Data reporting
not specified

Contact information

Contact person
Winfried W. Gieskes
Address
Biological Centre University of Groningen Department of Marine Biology P.O. Box 14 9750 AA Haren Netherlands
Other project contacts
Dr. Jacqueline Stefels

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Algae (algae, phytoplankton)
Additional information or further specification of types of data / information collected, species / tissues / organs sampled, etc.

Phaeocystis sp.

Geography

Regions studied

Data availability

Are data archived or planned to be archived at an AMAP Thematic Data Centre?
no
Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?
No

Methods & Procedures

Not specified

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
No
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