ATLAS is the largest assessment of deep-sea Atlantic ecosystems undertaken to date, and involved over 70 leading scientists from 12 countries. Alongside traditional approaches, ATLAS scientists have used the latest technology and developed new methods and models, including environmental DNA approaches and innovative low-cost camera systems, to search water and sediment samples for known and undiscovered deep-sea species. ATLAS has carried out pioneering research and discovered new benthic communities and species, developing a vast knowledge base that has already contributed to international policies and strategies. This knowledge ensures that deep-sea Atlantic resources are managed effectively, and lays the foundations for future Blue Growth.
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