Dr Wan Mohd Rauhan Wan Hussin, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT)

Dr Wan Mohd Rauhan Wan Hussin, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT)

Current Location: Kim Sejong Station, Antarctica

Project Title: Benthic Ecosystem Function under Different Climate Conditions in the Polar Region

Partner: Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI)

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Week 3-4

In previous report, I briefly explained about the study my collaborator and I are doing in Antarctic Peninsula. Our works here are basically involving field work (or sampling) and laboratory works for sample processing and storage. All field works are done by the aid of SCUBA diving. These have been the routines of us here although at times we were unable to carry out our planned works due to weather condition. However, there are some social activities too.

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Project Description

My Antarctic research is a collaborative work with Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI), in particular with Dr Ahn In-Young. This research is supported by a funding from Yayasan Penyelidikan Antartika Sultan Mizan (YPASM). My research is to determine the impact of glacier melting (due to climate changes) on the functioning of benthic communities (Benthic – is the vertically lowest zone in aquatic ecosystem, including the sediment or seafloor. Organisms inhabiting this zone are called benthos). Or in simpler word, when the melted ice finds its way to the sea, would it affect the life and activities of benthic communities?

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