South African and Australian Researchers team up to understand future patterns of global climate change.
There is consensus amongst climate scientists that climate change is happening. But how does this changing world affect the environment?
Marine scientists from the University of Cape Town and The University of Western Australia are working towards answering pressing questions about the ecology of some of the most important organisms – large seaweeds.
Also known as kelps, the large seaweeds are critically important to temperate coastal ecosystems, an environment shared by South Africa and Western Australia.
By conducting comparative experiments in Cape Town, Australian researchers Wernberg, Kendrick, de Bettignies and Bennett have been able to highlight the roles temperature and canopy density play for kelps to succeed in different and changing environments.
Successful partnership between these two coastal nations has enabled marine research to progress and position this team of researchers among global leaders in kelp research.