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Blue Carbon, Ancient Civilisations and the Aegean Sea

Monday, 17 September 2018


Staff at the Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research (CMER), Dr Oscar Serrano and Professor Paul Lavery, recently completed field work in the Aegean Sea along with researchers from the Institute of Oceanography of Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HMRC) and the Spanish Research Council (CEAB). The research aims to contribute improved accuracy and precision in predicting and measuring the role of coastal vegetated ecosystems in climate change mitigation and adaptation in this largely understudied region of the Mediterranean Sea. The analysis of seagrass soil cores collected will enable reconstruction of the impacts of ancient civilisations and climate events in coastal ecosystems; an important step toward the development of approaches today and in the future that balance our need to conserve the marine environment with the pressures for multiple uses of the resources of our oceans.

The Centre’s research in this area over the past five years, has resulted in the recognition of ECU as one of the leader universities in Blue Carbon and Paleo Reconstruction research in Australia and internationally.


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