Life on the sea floor could be working against climate change

A study by the British Antarctic Survey shows that climate change impacts on sea ice over the Atlantic has caused a doubling of sea floor life forms, called bryozoans, and this in turn is increasing carbon storage in the system. The results were obtained using high-resolution images and other data that was collected across West Antarctic seas over more than 20 years. Other studies have shown that these West Antarctic bryozoans might play a significant role in storing carbon. In addition, other sea floor organisms also play a significant role in carbon storage. Continuous research to understand oceans is important.