Uddannelses- og Forskningsministeriet - EUopSTART - GelaZoo - Gelatinous zooplankton as nature based solution

Project: Research Councils

Project Details

Description

The overall aim of GelaZoo is to develop the appropriate knowledge base, tools, techniques, applications and best practices to mitigate climate and simultaneously increase biodiversity by using Jellyfish. GelaZoo addresses the following 5 objectives:

1) Altered environmental conditions favor the occurrence and bloom formation of specific morphotypes and genotypes in the Gelatinous Zooplankton (including invasive species) when compared to ambient conditions.

2) Climate change conditions affect Gelatinous Zooplankton biodiversity and functional traits among specific morpho- and genotypes as well as predator-prey relationships and competition.

3) Differences in Gelatinous Zooplankton species diversity and traits alter the dynamics and resilience of an ecosystem to climate change. 4) To provide nature based solutions from these habitats to mitigate climate change.

5) To provide a tool box that enables global observation and prediction of carbon and its interaction with biodiversity under global climate change.

To assess the biodiversity of Gelatinous Zooplankton (GZ) communities and the flexibility in functional traits of specific morphospecies in the Atlantic Ocean, field surveys along a North-South gradient from the Arctic Circle to the Antarctic Circle will be conducted during research cruises (e.g. the Norwegian vessels RV Dr. Fridtjof Nansen and RV Kronprins Haakon). The aim of these campaigns is to assess GZ diversity along geographical gradients thus gaining high-resolution data on species composition and abundance in relation to food availability and abiotic conditions from the uppermost surface layer to the deep ocean. Furthermore, it is aimed to extract information on feeding modes and functional traits of GZ with emphasis on specific cosmopolitan species and those with restricted distribution ranges. Biodiversity of GZ should be assessed by combining traditional approaches based on morphological taxonomy with state-of-the-art molecular tools
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