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Seismic crisis reveals the growth of a young fault system in the Alboran Sea

Wed, 04/09/2019 - 09:53
2 September 2019

An international team led by the Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC, Barcelona) demonstrate the growth of a young fault in the Alboran Sea, called the Al-Idrissi Fault System, source of the magnitude (Mw) 6.4 earthquake, which affected Al-Hoceima, Melilla and the south of the Iberian Peninsula in January 2016. The study, published in Nature Communications, shows the generation and growth of an active fault system.

Mon, 09/02/2019 (All day) Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) IdefX (IFREMER, France). Photo: Zoraida Rosselló (Azora films).

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Sponge skeletons as an important sink of silicon in the global oceans

Wed, 28/08/2019 - 13:39
27 August 2019

A study with researchers from CEAB and ICM, both centres of CSIC, reveals that marine sponges, the oldest group of animals on the planet, contribute significantly to one of the fundamental biogeochemical cycles of the ocean: the silicon cycle. Until now, it was believed that the main sinks of silicon occurred through the burial of diatoms, but according to the new results, published in Nature Geosciences, skeletons of marine sponges are also important sinks of silicon in the global ocean.

Wed, 08/28/2019 (All day) General view of the aggregation of /Vazella pourtalesi/ on the deep continental shelf of Nova Scotia (Canada) / Bedford Institute of Oceanography (Canada)

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New study establish the basis to manage ocean acidification refugia

Tue, 20/08/2019 - 19:50
13 August 2019

The Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC) leads a study, published in Global Change Biology, which proposes a conceptual framework and classification for ocean acidification refugia (OAR) for the first time. OARs are specific locations where ocean acidification impacts could be less intense, protecting biodiversity.

Tue, 08/13/2019 (All day) Biodiverse marine ecosystem. Image: Cristina Linares.

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Bacteria, and not algae, capture the most solar energy in the oceans

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 10:59
8 August 2019

Marine bacteria that capture light and transform it into biochemical energy are not a rarity, as previously thought. A work published this week in the journal Science Advances, with the participation of the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC), shows that sunlight, the main source of energy sustaining marine ecosystems, is mainly captured by bacteria, and not by algae and cyanobacteria (also called blue-green algae), as previously thought.

Thu, 08/08/2019 (All day) Isolated Mediterranean bacteria, most of them with proteorhodopsin. Image: Laura Gómez

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Marine litter may reach up to 38% of the fisheries catch next to urban areas

Tue, 06/08/2019 - 14:00
18 July 2019

Fisheries represent one of the main economic sectors affected by marine litter. The amount of garbage trapped in the networks can also damage ships and rigging. A study by the Institute of Marine Sciences has evaluated the amount and type of marine litter in the shallow waters of two fishing areas, the Delta del Ebro (Tarragona) and Vilanova i la Geltrú (Barcelona). Both areas are part of the Natura 2000 network.

Thu, 07/18/2019 (All day) Box with catch and marine litter / Eve Galimany/ICM-CSIC

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Seagull monitoring to measure the risk of pathogen transmission

Tue, 06/08/2019 - 13:47
23 July 2019

A study led by the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC) and the Doñana Biological Station (EBD-CSIC) has monitored a series of seagulls to know their movements and create a pathogen transmission risk map. The study, published in Scientific Reports, evaluates the possible spread of pathogens through animals in environments inhabited by humans.

Tue, 08/06/2019 (All day) Seagulls / Photo: Manuela G. Forero

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The National Ocean Satellite Application Service (NSOAS) from China visits ICM

Tue, 06/08/2019 - 13:15
6 August 2019

On Tuesday, July 23rd, a delegation from the National Ocean Satellite Application Service (which belongs to the Ministry of Natural Resources of China), led by Prof. Jianqiang LIU (Deputy Director of NSOAS), visited the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC). The aim of the visit was to promote the Chinese ocean satellite programme and to seek strategic collaboration with the Barcelona Expert Centre (BEC) on remote sensing activities.

Tue, 08/06/2019 (All day)

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