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The Atlantic Ocean meets the North Sea

 

    The Four Seas of Europe MenuAlthough most projects within MTP concentrate their research efforts on the waters of the Mediterranean, some follow what happens to the water that flows out into the Atlantic and then up into the North Sea. Other projects outside MTP overlap and then extend their area of study to ensure that we build up a complete picture of the oceans.

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At the Straits of Gibraltar, water from the Mediterranean, and also from the African and Iberian coasts, mixes into the main body of water to give the North Sea/Eastern Atlantic area its unique characteristics. Changes in currents that could affect this process are being studied by the CANIGO project.

One European project that provides a perfect complement to MTP is CANIGO. This regional sea project looks at how water from the Mediterranean, and also from the African and Iberian coasts, mixes into the main body of water to give the North Sea/Eastern Atlantic area its unique characteristics. Water circulation patterns here are important for two reasons. Firstly, they influence the Gulf Stream and its role in world climate and, secondly, the turbulent waters of the African and Iberian coasts provide an ideal site for the vigorous plankton growth that sustains many economically important fish populations. Of course, water mixing is not the whole story and the 45 research labs involved in CANIGO provide the breadth of expertise needed to tackle detailed studies of the individual creatures and processes that contribute to the finely balanced biology and chemistry of the Atlantic.

     
   

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