The Malaspina 2010 expedition features at the UIB the first results of the project

hespéridesThe University of the Balearic Islands has hosted the annual meeting of the Malaspina circumnavigation 2010: global change and biodiversity exploration of the global ocean expedition. Nearly one hundred researchers and research centers throughout Spain have attended the presentation of the first results of the expedition, which ended last July, and during 2010 and much of 2011 exploring key marine areas for global change studies, aboard the research vessel Hesperides and Sarmiento de Gamboa.In the meeting it also discussed the possible products that could arise from these results, ie: scientific articles, publications, divulgative materials and patents for industrial sectors, among others. The meeting also served to plan the next two years work.

The Malaspina Expedition is an interdisciplinary initiative of the Ministry of Science and Innovation, with the participation of the Spanish navy and more than 400 researchers from around the world and over 40 international institutions. The aim of the expedition is to generate a consistent inventory of high-resolution global change impacts on the ecosystem of the ocean and explore its biodiversity.

The project leaves a legacy of more than 120,000 samples of air, water, gases and plankton of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific, which will serve to develop reference collections for the international scientific community and to enhance future studies on biodiversity in the ocean and the impact of global change.

The expedition, a project of Consolider-Ingenio 2010 program funded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation, includes 27 research groups from the CSIC, the Spanish Institute of Oceanography, 16 Spanish universities, a museum, a public research foundation and the Spanish navy. The total funding, which have also helped the CSIC, the Spanish navy, the BBVA Foundation and Spanish universities, is around 6 million euros. Has led the expedition Dr. Carlos Duarte, Research Professor at the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA, joint center at the UIB and CSIC.

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