Regulatory News

In order to study the effect of climatic changes on coral reefs in the Atlantic Ocean, Living Coral Project researchers will construct a system of 16 tanks directly connected to the sea. In each there will be typical coral species from the region of Arraial d’Ajuda, from the coast of the state of Bahia. There will also be sea stars, urchins, seaweed and even micro-organisms. Only Australia has a similar structure for such studies.

According to Emilio Calderon, a research associate on the Living Coral Project, the system will operate as a time machine. "In one tank, we will maintain water temperature and pH as they are today. In the others, we will increase the temperature and make the water more acidic. Thus we will learn about the resistance of the beings that are there and how they will survive the coming decades," he said.

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