The oceanographic dataset collected during the Controls over Ocean Mesopelagic Interior Carbon Storage (COMICS) Project (2017-2022)

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Data holding centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
ProjectControls over Ocean Mesopelagic Interior Carbon Storage: COMICS(COMICS)
Time periodFrom 2017 to 2022
Geographical area

Benguela, South Georgia, Southern Ocean


Carbon concentrations in suspended particulate material; Dissolved organic carbon concentration in the water column; Dissolved organic carbon uptake and production in the water column; Zooplankton defecation rates in the water column; Zooplankton growth rates; Primary production in the water column; Nitrate concentration parameters in the water column; Zooplankton feeding


Fluorometers; optical backscatter sensors; plankton recorders; plankton nets; pelagic trawl nets; continuous water samplers; salinity sensor; in-situ incubators; salinometers; Volume measures; Coupled models; CTD; discrete water samplers; water body temperature sensor; current meters; dissolved gas sensors; gill nets


The COMICS (Controls over Ocean Mesopelagic Interior Carbon Storage) project consists of observations, at sea, of particle flux and stable isotopes. It applies organic geochemical and molecular biological techniques to samples collected using nets and traps. The study areas are the tropical Atlantic and Southern Oceans. The results will be combined with models to quantify the flow of carbon in the ocean’s ‘twilight’ zone in order to accurately model global climate change. This ‘twilight’ zone is the part of the ocean between 100m and 1000m below the sea surface, where only a small amount of light from the sun can still penetrate. By investigating carbon dynamics in the ocean interior, COMICS will help to improve predictions of future global climate change. The COMICS project is led by the National Oceanography Centre and is a collaboration between the British Antarctic Survey and the universities of Queen Mary London, Liverpool, Oxford and Southampton. The project received funding from the Natural Environmental Research Council and runs between 2017 and 2022.

OriginatorsBritish Antarctic Survey
National Oceanography Centre (Southampton)
Queen Mary University of London School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
University of Liverpool Department of Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences
University of Oxford, Department of Earth Sciences
University of Southampton School of Ocean and Earth Science
Data web site
OrganisationBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
ContactPolly Hadžiabdić (Head of the BODC Requests Team)

British Oceanographic Data Centre
Joseph Proudman Building 6 Brownlow Street
L3 5DA
United Kingdom
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1048COMICS171018
Global identifier6725
Last revised2022-07-08