Media is invited to a press concerence on board on December 6, 2005.
This second multi-disciplinary research cruise (CIESM SUB-2) will be launched from Messina, Italy on December 6th with scientists from 14 marine Institutes and five different countries (France, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Italy) onboard. They will embark on the Italian R/V Urania to monitor changes taking place in the Tyrrhenian Sea through December 22nd. The SUB-2 cruise will also include an area of the Sicily Channel, which has scarcely been investigated until now.
The main objectives are to map the seafloor in high resolution, to measure the processes in the water column and its properties: to assess biodiversity and the functioning of marine ecosystems. Seamounts, which are hotspots of diversity in the deep sea, will receive special attention, with an emphasis on finding new microbes. Scientists will also look for shifts and changes in the food webs which may affect fisheries.
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