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What is our main area of concern?

The eastern South Pacific Ocean is IMO’s main object of study because it has sharp hydrographic, biochemical and ecological gradients, ranging from extremely productive waters in the Humboldt Current to highly oligotrophic waters in the Subtropical Gyre.

Additionally, in the last decade, the scientific community has acquired an important understanding of the structure and functioning of the Humboldt Current. However, little is known about the vast region of oceanic waters and about the mesoscale activity connecting contrasting environments. At IMO we want to focus part of our research on this oceanic zone.

What is the impact of research in the eastern South Pacific?

It is clear that the dynamics of the eastern South Pacific have a global impact because it is a region where important Antarctic Intermediate Waters are formed. It has strong atmospheric-oceanic connections and coastal-ocean exchanges with the equatorial ocean and contains one of the world’s largest oxygen minimum zones (OMZs).

The peculiarities of the ecosystems in the eastern South Pacific make them natural laboratories for the study of the functioning of the ocean and for the prediction of the way in which ecosystems could react to future global changes. These studies will provide the basis for the management and conservation of the unique ecosystems in this oceanic region.

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Latest publications

Greenhouse gases, nutrients and the carbonate system in the Reloncaví Fjord (Northern Chilean Patagonia): Implications on aquaculture of the mussel, Mytilus chilensis, during an episodic volcanic eruption

Science of The Total Environment | Volume 669, Pages 49-61

doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.03.037June, 2019

Yevenes, M.A.Lagos, N.A.Farías, L.Vargas, C.A.

Identification assisted by molecular markers of larval parasites in two limpet species (Patellogastropoda: Nacella) inhabiting Antarctic and Magellan coastal systems

Polar Biology | Pages 1-8

doi:10.1007/s00300-019-02511-6May, 2019

Flores, K.López, Z.Levicoy, D.Muñoz-Ramírez, C.PGonzález-Wevar, C.Oliva, M.E.Cárdenas, L.

Interplay between freshwater discharge and oceanic waters modulates phytoplankton size-structure in fjords and channel systems of the Chilean Patagonia

Progress in Oceanography | Volume 173, Pages 103-113

doi:10.1016/j.pocean.2019.02.012April, 2019

Cuevas, L.A.Tapia, F.J.Iriarte, J.L.González, H.E.Silva, N.Vargas, C.A.

Sampling and processing methods impact microbial community structure and potential activity in a seasonally anoxic fjord: Saanich Inlet, British Columbia

Frontiers in Marine Science | Volume 6, Article 132

doi:10.3389/fmars.2019.00132March, 2019

Torres-Beltrán, M.Mueller, A.Scofield, MPachiadaki, M.G.Taylor, C.Tyshchenko, K...Ulloa, O....Hallam, S.J.

Linking social preferences and ocean acidification impacts in mussel aquaculture

Scientific Reports | Volume 9, Article 4719

doi:10.1038/s41598-019-41104-5March, 2019

San Martín, V.A.Gelcich, S.Vásquez-Lavín, F.Ponce, R.D.Hernández, J.I.Lagos, N.Birchenough, S.N.R.Vargas, C.A.
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