Analysing human impact on ecosystems provides valuable information to deal with climate change: Naiara Rodriguez-Ezpleleta speaks with Basque Country media outlet Naiz.eus and GAUR8
In October, BIOcean5D joined partners in the Bilbao Estuary to collect sediment samples – unearthing information about the region’s geological and biological evolution over the past two centuries.
Samples like these play a vital part of the BIOcean5D project, which seeks to understand how biodiversity changes over the five dimensions of time, space and human impact.
“Taking sediments in the Bilbao Estuary is very interesting, because there has been a big change. Now if you take the sediments, you can see through them what happened there. There is a history in each layer,” BIOcean5D researcher Naiara Rodriguez-Ezpleleta, AZTI, describes.
Seeing how the ecosystems were, how they are now and, if there has been restoration, “will help us prepare for the future”, she emphasised.
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