These are some of the Key Species, or Biodiversity Indicators, that we monitor along our research transects. Each species gives us information about the health of the ecosystem:
The oceans are the world’s heart and lungs, producing half of the world's oxygen and absorbing 30 percent of man-made carbon dioxide. The effects of greenhouse gases is causing oceans to rapidly warm and acidify, water circulation to be altered and dead zones within the ocean depths to expand.
Key Species, or Biodiversity Indicators, help us to answer questions about how ecosystems are responding to man made and natural impacts:
For our voluntary work with the SILMAR Project we collect data on key species along two transects running through different ecosystems - one that is now within a protected zone and the other in an unprotected yet abundant area.