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The TEMPLE of LIFE in the west Antarctic seas: from microbes to iconic animals Title: The TEMPLE of LIFE in the west Antarctic seas: from microbes to iconic animals
Principal Investigator ISP: Maurizio Azzaro
Leading Institution: Institute of Polar Sciences (CNR-ISP)
Funding: ARICE-H2020
Period of activity: 2024 - 2026

The Southern Ocean and its regional seas are sensitive to alterations induced by global climate change and its play a profound role in regulating global carbon cycles, accounting for approximately 20–30% of global ocean CO2 uptake. The West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) is one of the largest potential sources of future sea-level rise, with glaciers draining the WAIS thinning at an accelerating rate over the past 40 years. Widespread ice sheet/shelf thinning will likely have influence on biogeochemical cycling through ocean productivity, carbon reservoirs and carbon sequestration, in addition to sea ice and ocean circulation changes, and biota distribution.
TEMPLE LIFE project aims at expanding the marine Antarctic study area of the ongoing project SIGNATURE funded by the Italian National Antarctic Research Program (PNRA). Therefore, the vessel time of the cruise selected in the present project proposal will overlap with that foreseen in the same year and month of the SIGNATURE oceanographic cruise in the Ross Sea, and will allow to study synoptically in a wider area of the Southern Ocean, the habitat template, microbial signatures and iconic life in the west Antarctic seas.

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