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IMaging Ocean Sinkers for evaluating carbon export fluxes

Project description

Particle imaging with high resolution underwater cameras evaluate ocean carbon export fluxes

Small changes in the efficiency of the biological carbon pump (BCP) can greatly alter ocean carbon sequestration and, thus, atmospheric CO2 and climate. Currently, the factors that drive BCP variability are poorly understood, and annual global estimates of the magnitude of carbon export from the ocean surface via the BCP vary up to 400 %. The EU-funded IMOS project will focus on increasing the precision of export assessments and restraining its variability using the latest technological advances in in-situ imaging and autonomous sampling, combined with advanced methods to collect sinking particles and powerful simulation tools. The research will link optical properties to direct carbon flux measurements to obtain higher resolution quantification of carbon export in the oceans via the BCP.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-IF-2020
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Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD DE SEVILLA
Address
Calle S. Fernando 4
41004 Sevilla
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 245 732,16

Partners (1)

WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION
United States
Address
Woods Hole Road 573
02543 Woods Hole
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments