World Water Day is 22 March each year. The theme for 2018 is “Nature for Water” to encourage people to “look for the answer in nature”.
The Arctic is the fastest warming oceanic region in the world. Within a few decades the ice that forms on the Arctic ocean’s surface could completely melt in the summer.
The ChAOS researchers aim to understand climate change effects on the complex ecosystem deep below the waves. The findings could help predict what future changes might do to this important ecosystem.
Project leader Dr Christian März said “The Arctic seafloor is teeming with life. It plays an extremely important role in biodiversity and long-term carbon storage. Right now we’re analysing samples to give us first hand insight into the changing life on the Arctic seafloor.”