Dr Giorgio Caramanna diving for CO2 near Southern Italy

To understand the effects of increased levels of carbon dioxide on the marine realm it is possible to study areas where, for natural reasons, there are emissions of CO2 from the seabed. One of these areas is located east of Panarea Island (Aeolian Islands, Southern Tyrrhenian Sea, Italy).

Here, the volcanic activity that characterizes the Aeolian archipelago causes a continuous release of CO2 (up to 98% of the total gas) from several vents on the seafloor in shallow water. This area was studied by means of surface techniques and direct SCUBA diving surveys. To collect the necessary data some special sampling and measuring techniques were developed for use in an underwater environment.

In this video you will see one of our researchers, Dr Giorgio Caramanna during his underwater field-work.

Sometimes the science is also fun..... Enjoy the video!


If you are interested in knowing more about this research you can contact Giorgio on the people section of CICCS webpage.

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