JellyWeb expedition

Largest expedition to Madeira’s deep sea begins this week

the ship RV Maria S. Merian, part of the JellyWeb expedition
RV Maria S. Merian, home to the JellyWeb expedition

MARE-Madeira/ARDITI, the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution, USA, the University of Southern Denmark, Denmark and the University of Hamburg, Germany, are partner institutions involved in the JellyWeb expedition, coordinated by GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel, also in Germany, which starts this Friday in the seas of the Region.

The research, which begins on February 9th and should end on March 4th, takes place aboard the ship RV Maria S. Merian, owned by GEOMAR and intends to explore the lesser-known sea of ​​Macaronesia. ‘JellyWeb’ is one of five deep-sea expeditions to have taken place in our waters over the last 50 years, this being the largest to date, and a great opportunity to learn about the unique deep-sea habitats and life around the sea. coast.

It also represents an opportunity for the Region to demonstrate its value to global research efforts in deep waters, as they exist close to coastal areas and because in Madeira the climate is relatively mild throughout the year.

The JellyWeb expedition is another step in strengthening international partnerships and experience in deep-sea research in Madeira. With this, it is expected that greater investments in research will be attracted, helping to develop and create more highly qualified employment opportunities for the Region.

The work, coordinated in the Region by MARE-Madeira/ARDITI researcher João Canning-Clode, will revolve around research in the areas of marine biology and ecology, specifically in oceanic food chains and the role of gelatinous zooplankton.

The deep sea is home to some of the least explored ecosystems and life forms on the planet. The deep sea is also essential for the carbon cycle and nutrient cycles that support life underwater (and on land) and mitigate climate change. But the deep sea is also threatened by human pressures and rising temperatures. More deep-sea research is needed to protect all life and livelihoods that depend on a healthy ocean.

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JellyWeb expedition 3

A new, vastly improved “search” facility has been introduced allowing readers to search (box in the sidebar above) on any word or phrase used in any of the posts over the last sixteen years. Previously the search facility only returned matches on headings rather than the entire content. It remains to be seen whether this will slow the blog down – fingers crossed! If it works it should move the blog even further ahead of the increasing number of imitators, providing a huge resource for visitors and residents.

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3 thoughts on “JellyWeb expedition”

  1. Lets hope they Madeira TV join forces with the expedition or allowed to do a documentary about this will be a intresting thing to see on TV was a documentary or even a article in a newspaper or scientific magazine .

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