Chemical Fingerprints: Using Analytical Chemistry as a Means to Decipher the Marine Carbon Cycle" is a research project led by Heather Reader, focusing on understanding the marine carbon cycle. The project primarily investigates marine dissolved organic matter (DOM), a key component of the ocean's carbon pool.
DOM in the ocean is complex and plays a crucial role in the overall carbon cycle, which is essential for maintaining the balance of life on Earth. The project aims to unravel the mysteries of how DOM functions within this cycle. To do this, it uses the tools and techniques of analytical chemistry – a field that allows scientists to identify and understand the composition and properties of different substances.
By analyzing the chemical properties of DOM, the research seeks to reveal how it affects and interacts with the environment. This is important for understanding larger ecological and environmental processes, such as how carbon moves between the ocean, earth, and atmosphere, and how these processes might be changing due to human impact and climate change.