Labrador Sea To Be The Subject Of New Ocean Study
May 22, 2013

Grant Will Allow University Of Alberta Researcher To Study Deep Ocean Exchanges In The Labrador Sea

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The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada has awarded Paul Myers, a professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta, nearly $5 million for his study of deep ocean exchanges of carbon dioxide.

The study, titled “Ventilation, Interactions and Transports Across the Labrador Sea,” will receive the award over the next five years. Myers says he chose the Labrador Sea because it´s vital to understand more about the deepwater processes close to Canadian shores.

“It´s one of few deepwater bodies in the world where there is exchange from the surface all the way down to the deep layers of ocean,” said Myers.

Myers plans to aid in the development of technologies, including new ocean bottom-to-surface transportation equipment manufactured by Rolls-Royce. “The equipment will carry monitoring equipment to the full depth of the Labrador Sea and back to the surface,” said Myers.

Moorings will be installed far out in the Labrador Sea to support monitoring equipment to collect data at various depths between the ocean floor and the surface. This will provide opportunities for Canadian-made technology.

“Canadian physical and biogeochemical sensors will provide a high-visibility showcase of advanced ocean technology,” said Myers. “This will enhance technology transfer to Canadian companies and give international visibility for unique Canadian products.”

Without the federal funding, Myers says it wouldn´t be possible to take on a deepwater research project of this scope.

“It´s also an opportunity for U of A students and post-docs to get experience in deepwater research–and they´re the next generation of marine and climate scientists.”

The project will be out on the water this summer, Myers said, and should have the new equipment in place a year from now.