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Malaspina2010: End of the largest project on global change

The Malaspina Expedition confirms that pollution reaches even the most remote
areas of the ocean

  • About 80 researchers meet in a conference that puts an end to the largest project in history about global change
  • Samples collected in 2011 by Hesperides and Sarmiento de Gamboa vessels will provide data in for decades
  • Researchers have already proved that there are five large accumulations of plastic waste in the open ocean

Barcelona, September 16th 2014. Three years after the Hesperides vessel returned to Spain culminating the around the world of the Malaspina Expedition, researchers have an increasingly clear picture of how the global ocean works and what is its health condition. Specifically, the input of pollutants from the atmosphere is not limited to coastal areas, but also occurs in the most remote areas of the planet, and it is already affecting the ocean ecosystem.

This and other findings are presented this week in CSIC Residence for Researchers in
Barcelona
, in a congress that ends the largest interdisciplinary project in history about global change. About 80 researchers will participate in lectures, which will deepen the impact of global change on marine plankton, the effects of temperature increase, the rate at which heat is transported, or the consequences of ultraviolet radiation increase.

(Continue reading at the attached Press Note and complementary documentation, 3 languages: cast, cat, eng.).

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