AZTI installs ARMS equipment to monitor the benthos and study the effects of climate change
AZTI installs ARMS (Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures) equipment to monitor benthos (the community of organisms that inhabit the bottom of aquatic ecosystems) and study the changes they undergo due to climate change.
ARMS are small, long-term monitoring devices designed to mimic the structural complexity of a reef and attract the colonisation of marine fauna and algae. AZTI is using them to monitor the set of organisms living on the aquatic bottoms (benthic communities) in relation to global warming. The aim is to study the effects of climate change on the long-term monitoring of the rocky benthos.
The initiative is part of action C.9.1: Climate change hub: Observation and monitoring system.