Skip to main content

In situ monitoring of oxygen depletion in hypoxic ecosystems of coastal and open seas, and land-locked water bodies

Objective

Hypoxic (low oxygen) conditions in aquatic ecosystems increase in number, duration and extent due to global warming and eutrophication. Global warming will lead to degassing of oxygen, increased stratification, reduced deep-water circulation and changes in wind patterns affecting transport and mixing. Projected increases in hypoxia (e.g. doubling of “dead zones”) are accompanied by enhanced emission of greenhouse gases, losses in biodiversity, ecosystem functions and services such as fisheries, aquaculture and tourism. A better understanding of global changes in oxygen depletion requires a global observation system continuously monitoring oxygen at high resolution, including assessment of the role of the seafloor in controlling the sensitivity of aquatic systems to and recovery from hypoxia. Here we propose to monitor oxygen depletion and associated processes in aquatic systems that differ in oxygen status or sensitivity towards change: open ocean, oxic with high sensitivity to global warming (Arctic), semi-enclosed with permanent anoxia (Black Sea, Baltic Sea) and seasonally or locally anoxic land-locked systems (fjords, lagoons, lakes) subject to eutrophication. We will improve the capacity to monitor oxygen depletion globally, by implementing reliable long-term sensors to different platforms for in situ monitoring; and locally by training and implementing competence around the Black Sea. Our work will contribute to GEOSS tasks in the water, climate, ecosystem and biodiversity work plans, and comply to GEOSS standards by sharing of observations and products with common standards and adaptation to user needs using a state of the art world data centre. We will connect this project to the GOOS Regional Alliances and the SCOR working group and disseminate our knowledge to local, regional and global organisations concerned with water and ecosystem health and management.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2008-1
See other projects for this call

Coordinator

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 620 527,50
Administrative Contact
Heike Wojack (Ms.)

Participants (17)

ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 196 229,70
Address
Am Handelshafen 12
27570 Bremerhaven
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Catherine Audebert (Ms.)
EIDGENOESSISCHE ANSTALT FUER WASSERVERSORGUNG ABWASSERREINIGUNG UND GEWAESSERSCHUTZ
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 240 000
Address
Uberlandstrasse 133
8600 Dubendorf
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Sabina Kündig Erzinger
A.O. KOVALEVSKIY INSTITUTE OF BIOLOGY OF SOUTHERN SEAS
Ukraine
EU contribution
€ 146 999,70
Address
Nakhimov Avenue 2
99011 Sevastopol
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Nelli Sergeeva (Dr.)
HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM FUR OZEANFORSCHUNG KIEL
Germany
Address
Wischhofstrasse 1-3
24148 Kiel
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jens-Uwe Moelck
INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
France
EU contribution
€ 190 417,50
Address
1625 Route De Sainte Anne Zone Industrielle De La Pointe Du Diable
29280 Plouzane
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Philippe Moal (Mr.)
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI GEOFISICA E VULCANOLOGIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 230 040
Address
Via Di Vigna Murata 605
00143 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Antonio Meloni (Dr.)
INSTITUT FUER OSTSEEFORSCHUNG WARNEMUENDE AN DER UNIVERSITAET ROSTOCK
Germany
EU contribution
€ 158 406
Address
15 Seestrasse
18119 Rostock
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Cornelia Döring
ISTANBUL TEKNIK UNIVERSITESI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 95 100
Address
Ayazaga Kampusu
34469 Maslak Istanbul
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ulgen Umut Baris (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET BREMEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 600
Address
Bibliothekstrasse 1
28359 Bremen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Silke Reinold (Ms.)
THE SCOTTISH ASSOCIATION FOR MARINESCIENCE LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 276 798
Address
Scottish Marine Institute
PA37 1QA Dunbeg Oban
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Derek Black (Mr.)
GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 300 000
Address
Vasaparken
405 30 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maragreta Ahlqwist (Dr.)
PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 82 320
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
George Papatheodorou (Prof.)
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM HEREON GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 176 272,50
Address
Max Planck Strasse 1
21502 Geesthacht
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sabine Roeskam (Ms.)
INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE-DEZVOLTARE PENTRU GEOLOGIE SI GEOECOLOGIE MARINA-GEOECOMAR
Romania
EU contribution
€ 135 000
Address
Dimitrie Onciul Street 23-25
024053 Bucharest
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ana Olteanu (Ms.)
KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN - KNAW
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 156 261,30
Address
Kloveniersburgwal 29 Het Trippenhuis
1011 JV Amsterdam
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Erwin A. Van De Ridder (Mr.)
STICHTING NIOZ, KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS INSTITUUT VOOR ONDERZOEK DER ZEE
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 18 938,70
Address
Landsdiep 4
1797 SZ Den Hoorn Texel
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Theo Davidse (Mr.)
LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUER MEERESWISSENSCHAFTEN AN DER UNIVERSITAET KIEL

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 226 800
Address
Wischhofstrasse 1-3
24148 Kiel
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jens-Uwe Moelck