22 Apr Focus on LIFE Conceptu Maris: objectives and aims of the project that started a few months ago
The new LIFE Conceptu Maris Project, which Triton Research manages with ISPRA, has different and more ambitious objectives than other projects working on cetaceans and sea turtles. Forty organisations and partners are involved in the project, and all together will work to obtain data that can be easily compared and assembled. Indeed, data collection will take place in several fields, including ship sightings, genetic analysis, modelling and satellites. A similar-sized project managed by ISPRA started in 2007 and sees LIFE Conceptu Maris as a natural continuation. In this case, ISPRA will coordinate all partners and provide them with the means for research and later data analysis.
Among the partners involved in the project, the University of Palermo has the task of creating a device that will be attached to the keels of the ships. It will measure the changes in water temperature, salinity level, pH and other values. This data will then be supplemented with data from cetacean sightings and analyses of environmental DNA left in the seawater from the passage of species. The researchers will also analyse phytoplankton and zooplankton to study the food chain of Tyrrhenian and Sardinian Channel species.