Influence of the Mediterranean Outflow Water (MOW) on the occurrence, distribution patterns and connectivity of deep benthic communities
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The aim of the talk is to give an overview to the ATLAS partners of the PhD thesis that is being carried out by Cristina Gutiérrez and supervised by Cova Orejas and Andrea Gori. This PhD is focused on the characterisation and comparison of the deep benthic communities located inside and outside the depth range influenced by the Mediterranean Outflow Water (MOW), to understand the possible current and past relationship between Atlantic and Mediterranean deep benthic communities mediated by the oceanographic settings. The study is based on the data acquired during the MEDWAVES cruise (September-October 2016), where selected study sites influenced by the MOW were analysed (the mud volcano Gazul, Formigas and Ormonde seamounts and Seco de los Olivos). ROV transects were conducted and High Definition videos recorded. Video transects are currently under quantitative analysis. After finishing the characterisation of the deep benthic communities, a comparative analysis among the study areas ...
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