Seaweeds and trace gases
The Mace Head Atmospheric Research Station on the exposed Galway coast in Ireland sits close to an extensive rocky shore ecosystem that supports a rich diversity of seaweeds and associated flora and fauna. The station is part of a network of international sites used for studying atmospheric composition. Phycologists, biogeochemists and atmospheric chemists from the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia on the Norwich Research Park have conducted pioneering interdisciplinary studies here on the production of trace gases from seaweeds. Such gases are important in the halogen global biogeochemical cycles and atmospheric chemistry, including ozone depletion and cloud formation.