A significant new grant for more leading-edge research from the department of marine sciences:
Deep-sea hydrothermal plumes—waters nearly two miles down in the ocean—are home to processes that effect life across the planet. However, high pressure and water temperatures that exceed 300 degrees Celsius have made research on the plumes very difficult.
With a new grant from the National Science Foundation, a University of Georgia researcher will develop instrumentation to collect data at these depths. The study will help provide long-term data for understanding the impact of ocean phenomena—such as tides and storms—and geologic events from earthquakes on deep-sea ecosystem development.
Long-term data is needed for researchers to find connections between different processes.
Daniela Di Iorio, an associate professor in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences department of marine sciences, was the first to gather long-term data of deep-sea plumes when she monitored plumes for six weeks using her novel acoustic instrumentation in a previous study. With newly designed instrumentation developed through NSF support, Di Iorio will begin a three-year project that will provide researchers with a constant feed monitoring deep-sea development.
Our faculty is working on many fronts at once, seeking to understand physical phenomena across the globe and the impact of changes occuring therein. Congratulations to Di Iorio on the development of these new analytical tools. We wish her and her team well in putting them to use in such a challenging environment.