Mapping, Modelling and Monitoring Key Processes and Controls on Cold-water Coral Habitats in Submarine Canyons (MMMonKey_Pro)
The MMMonKey_Pro programme utilises 5 dedicated researchers to carry out 4 individual but interdependent research programmes. These 4 research projects co-jointly aim to understand the spatial and temporal habitat development, thresholds and processes of a range of cold-water coral dominated habitats within the canyon. These habitats include individual coral colonies, coral gardens, coral mounds and vertical cliff faces. In a wider context, the programmes utilises and, in turn, refines a number of novel technologies and techniques including 3D photogrammetry, ROV-mounted multibeam, ROV-vibrocoring, lander systems in submarine canyons and CT-scanning of core.
1: To develop an understanding of the interaction and mutual control of submarine canyon processes and CWC habitat functioning to better inform responsible interaction with this environment, and;
2: To develop advanced methodologies to more effectively study deep-water heterogeneous dynamic biotic habitats including CWCs
Appah, J.K.M., Killeen, O., Lim, A., O'Riordan, R., O'Reilly, L., Wheeler, A.J. (2022). Accumulation of marine litter in cold-water coral habitats: A comparative study of two Irish Special Areas of Conservation, NE Atlantic. Marine Pollution Bulletin. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2022.113764
Appah, J.K.M., Lim, A., Harris, K., O’Riordan, R., O’Reilly, L. and Wheeler, A.J., (2020). Are non-reef habitats as important to benthic diversity and composition as coral reef and rubble habitats in submarine canyons? Analysis of controls on benthic megafauna distribution in the Porcupine Bank Canyon, NE Atlantic. Frontiers in Marine Science. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2020.571820
de Oliviera, L.M.C., de Oliveira, P.A.., Lim, A., Wheeler, A.J. & Conti, L. (2022). Developing mobile applications with augmented reality and 3D photogrammetry for visualisation of cold-water coral reefs. Geosciences 12, 356. https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences12100356