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Reconstructing Mediterranean-Atlantic exchange during the Miocene

Objective

MEDGATE combines the expertise of 29 geoscientists from both the oil industry and academia in the training of 10 researchers. It aims to equip these researchers for successful careers in either sector through interdisciplinary projects focussing on an intriguing problem which has implications for both environmental change and hydrocarbon exploration. The research aim of MEDGATE is to reconstruct the evolution of the marine corridors that linked the Atlantic and Mediterranean prior to the formation of the Gibraltar Straits about five million years ago. Closure of these gateways led to catastrophic changes in Mediterranean sea-level and salinity and to the formation of hydrocarbon accummulations. Despite decades of research, the exact timing of closure, the geometry of the corridors and the pattern of exchange through them, remains uncertain. Previous work has been conducted mainly using single research methodologies. The MEDGATE project provides a unique opportunity to undertake a suite of ten interdisciplinary projects that integrate state-of-the-art technologies, surface and subsurface datasets and expertise supplied by both academic and industrial partners. These new data will clarify the environmental impact of gateway exchange and help assess the petroleum potential of the region. MEDGATE network-training programme will support the skill requirements of each project and foster interdisciplinary collaboration. It also emphasises training in advanced field geology and biostratigraphy, to address the declining skill levels in geoscience graduates reported by MEDGATE’s industrial partners. All eleven participating institutions will contribute substantially to network-wide technical and complementary skills training and each institution has committed to seconding one or more researchers. This will provide them with access to the expertise, facilities and experience they require to carryout their project and launch them on a successful geoscience career.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/palaeontology/biostratigraphy

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2011-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 797 719,99
Administrative Contact
Audrey Michael (Ms.)

Participants (4)

UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 265 600,01
Address
University Avenue
G12 8QQ Glasgow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maleana Provan (Ms.)
REPSOL SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 200 265
Address
Calle Mendez Alvaro 44
28045 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jean Gerard (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE SALAMANCA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 691 216
Address
Calle Patio De Escuelas 1
37008 Salamanca
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Luis Mediero (Mr.)
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 738 101
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Wout Krijgsman (Dr.)