BAS Discovery 2010 - Integrating Southern Ocean Ecosystems into the Earth System

Lead Research Organisation: NERC British Antarctic Survey

Abstract

The DISCOVERY 2010 Programme investigated the response of an ocean ecosystem to climate variability, climate change and commercial exploitation. The Programme built on past studies by the British Antarctic Survey on the detailed nature of the South Georgia marine ecosystem and its links with the large-scale physical and biological behaviour of the Southern Ocean. The aim was to identify, quantify and model key interactions and processes on scales that range from microscopic life forms to higher predators (penguins, albatrosses, seals and whales), and from the local to the circumpolar. Objectives were: a) to assess the links between the status of local marine food webs and variability and change in the Southern Ocean; b) to develop a linked set of ecosystem models applying relevant marine physics and biology over scales from the local to that of the entire Southern Ocean.

Publications

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Arnold JM (2006) Albatross populations in peril: a population trajectory for black-browed albatrosses at south Georgia. in Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America

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Atkinson A (2009) A re-appraisal of the total biomass and annual production of Antarctic krill in Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers

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Atkinson A (2008) Oceanic circumpolar habitats of Antarctic krill in Marine Ecology Progress Series

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Biuw M (2007) Variations in behavior and condition of a Southern Ocean top predator in relation to in situ oceanographic conditions. in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

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Campagna C (2007) A species approach to marine ecosystem conservation in Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems

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Clarke A (2007) Climate change and the marine ecosystem of the western Antarctic Peninsula. in Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences

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Clarke A (2008) Adult antarctic krill feeding at abyssal depths. in Current biology : CB

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Clarke A (2007) Antarctic ecology from genes to ecosystems: the impact of climate change and the importance of scale. in Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences

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Collins MA (2006) Southern Ocean cephalopods. in Advances in marine biology

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Fach B (2006) Transport of Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) across the Scotia Sea. Part II: Krill growth and survival in Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers

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FORCADA J (2009) Penguin responses to climate change in the Southern Ocean in Global Change Biology

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González-Solís J (2007) Offshore spatial segregation in giant petrelsMacronectes spp.: differences between species, sexes and seasons in Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems

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González-Solís J (2007) Trans-equatorial migration and mixing in the wintering areas of a pelagic seabird in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment