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A glimpse into the Arctic future: equipping a unique natural experiment for next-generation ecosystem research

Objective

"Climate change will affect Arctic ecosystems more than any other ecosystem worldwide, with temperature increases expected up to 4-6°C. While this is threatening the integrity and biodiversity of the ecosystems in itself, the larger ecosystem feedbacks triggered by this change are even more worrisome. During millions of years, atmospheric carbon has been stored in the Arctic soils. With warming, the carbon can rapidly escape the soils in the form of CO2 and (even worse) the strong greenhouse agent CH4.
Despite decades of research, scientists still struggle to unveil the scale of this carbon exchange, and especially how it will interact with climate change. An overarching question remains: how much carbon will potentially escape the Arctic in the future climate, and how will this affect climate change?
FutureArctic embeds this research challenge directly in an inter-sectoral training initiative for early stage researchers, that aims to form “ecosystem-of-things” scientists and engineers at the ForHot site. The FORHOT site in Iceland offers a geothermally controlled soil temperature warming gradient, to study how Arctic ecosystem processes are affected by temperature increases as expected through climate change.
FutureArctic aims to pave the way for generalized permanently connected data acquisition systems for key environmental variables and processes. We will initiate a new machine-learning approach to analyse large high-throughput environmental data-streams, through installing a pioneer ""ecosystem-of-things"" at the ForHot site.
FutureArctic will thus channel, building on a timely project in the ForHot area, an important evolution to machine-assisted environmental fundamental research. This is achieved through the dedicated training of researchers with profiles at the inter-sectoral edge of computer science, artificial intelligence, environmental science (both experimental and modelling), scoial sciences and sensor engineering and communication.
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Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/artificial intelligence
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology/ecosystems

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN
Address
Prinsstraat 13
2000 Antwerpen
Belgium
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 256 320

Participants (12)

CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION ECOLOGICA Y APLICACIONES FORESTALES
Spain
EU contribution
€ 250 904,88
Address
Universitat Autonoma De Barcelona Edifici C
08193 Bellaterra
Activity type
Research Organisations
TARTU ULIKOOL
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 232 069,68
Address
Ulikooli 18
51005 Tartu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LANDBUNADARHASKOLI ISLANDS
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 274 331,16
Address
Hvanneyri
IS311 Borgarnes
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 528 414,48
Address
Universitatsring 1
1010 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
VIENNA SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 264 207,24
Address
Gerichtsweg 7
2540 Bad Voslau
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SVARMI EHF
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 274 331,16
Address
Arleyni 22
112 Reykjavik
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EIGEN VERMOGEN VAN HET INSTITUUT VOOR LANDBOUW- EN VISSERIJONDERZOEK
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 256 320
Address
Burg. Van Gansberghelaan 92 Bus 1
9820 Merelbeke
Activity type
Research Organisations
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 297 522
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAET INNSBRUCK
Austria
EU contribution
€ 264 207,24
Address
Innrain 52
6020 Innsbruck
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 768 960
Address
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven
Activity type
Research Organisations
DMR A/S
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 297 522
Address
Industrivej 10
8680 Ry
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MICROSOFT NV

Participation ended

Belgium
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Luchthaven Brussel Nationaal, Gebouw 1K
1930 Zaventem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Partners (2)

PRENART EQUIPMENT APS
Denmark
Address
Buen 14
2000 Frederiksberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MIRICO LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell Oxford
OX11 0QX Didcot
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)