Effects of Climate change in Polar Shallow benthic Ecosystems




The main aim of ECLIPSE is to investigate the current extent of biodiversity in coastal benthic Antarctic communities and to evaluate the effect of glacier retreat, as consequence of climate change, in these communities.

To achieve this main goal, following specific objectives are proposed:

1. Study of biodiversity of the megabenthic communities inhabiting the coastal ecosystems

2. Distribution and density studies of populations for selected species

3. Physical characterization of the selected coastal benthic ecosystems

4. Evaluate the effect of environmental conditions of Potter Cove on the benthic organisms