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What are the knowledge gaps in understanding biology’s role in ocean carbon storage?

Name of UoP principal investigator: Abigail McQuatters-Gollop

Research Project Title: BRICS: Biology’s Role in ocean Carbon Storage – a gap analysis

What is this research about?

You are invited to take part in this research by answering this survey. Before we go any further, please read this information page carefully and understand what you might expect to do and what it will involve. Please consider if you want to take part or not in this research study.

What is the project’s purpose? 

The project aims to identify the biological processes most important to ocean carbon storage, through collating views of the research community. This survey forms part of a project funded by the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council under the BIO-Carbon programme.  Findings will be published in a report to NERC as well as in a peer-reviewed publication.

Why have I been chosen? You have been chosen to fill in this online survey because you are a member of the international marine science research community. 

Recruitment method: An online survey distributed via email and social media to the international oceanographic research community. 

What will my participation look like? You are being asked to respond to an online survey. It will take you approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete. No personal data will be collected and your participation is voluntary.  You may withdraw at any time while answering the questionnaire by closing your browser window.

Do I have to take part?

Your participation is voluntary. If you wish to take part, you will need to approve the consent statement. You may withdraw at any time while answering the questionnaire by closing your browser window.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

Whilst there are no immediate benefits for those people participating in this project, it is hoped that this participation will contribute to data collection and that the findings will help to identify research gaps that if addressed may improve understanding of ocean carbon storage.

Will my taking part in this project be kept confidential?

All the information collected during the survey will be kept confidential. You will not be able to be identified in any reports or publications.

Who is organising and funding the research?

This work is funded by NERC and organised by the University of Plymouth. 

Who has ethically reviewed the project?

This research was approved by University of Plymouth’s Faculty of Science and Engineering Research Ethics and Integrity Committee and this project is in compliance with the University’s policies on research ethics. 

CONSENT TO PARTICIPATE IN RESEARCH PROJECT / PRACTICAL STUDY 

Name of Principal Investigator: 

Dr Abigail McQuatters-Gollop 

Title of Research:   

BRICS: Biology’s Role in ocean Carbon Storage – a gap analysis

Brief statement of purpose of work: 

The project aims to identify the biological processes most important to ocean carbon storage, through collating views of the research community. 

Contact for further information

Dr Abigail McQuatters-Gollop

School of Biological and Marine Sciences

Plymouth University Drake Circus, Plymouth PL48AA

Email: Abigail.mcquatters-gollop@plymouth.ac.uk 

If you are dissatisfied with the way the research is conducted, please contact the principal investigator in the first instance. If you feel the problem has not been resolved please contact the secretary to the Faculty of Science and Engineering Human Ethics Committee on scienghumanethics@plymouth.ac.uk.

 

Consent to participate: The objectives of this research have been explained to me. I am 18 years of age or older. I understand that I am free to withdraw from the research by closing my browser window. I understand that my anonymity is guaranteed.  All material from the survey will be stored securely and treated confidentially by the investigator. I understand that the data I provide will be shared with the project’s partners (though it will remain anonymous). I understand that the Principal Investigator of this work will have attempted, as far as possible, to avoid any risks, and that safety and health risks will have been separately assessed by appropriate authorities. Under these circumstances, I agree to participate in the research. Required