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Sea ice microalgae DNA fingerprints as proxies in past climate studies

Project description

Studying past Arctic ice melt to predict the future

In the late 20th century, the extent of Arctic sea ice was over 2 million square kilometres more than it is today. Sea ice cover in the Arctic has been decreasing steadily over recent decades and continues to do so. The EU-funded ICEPRINT project will design, test and apply new genetic proxies for reconstruction of past sea ice extent. An understanding of past variability is key to predicting the range of climate change impacts on the Earth system. As such, the identification of new reliable proxies for sea ice tops the list of challenges facing palaeoclimatology today. The project will apply classical taxonomy and DNA metabarcoding to study the vertical export of microalgae in the spring, after sea ice melt.

Call for proposal

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Funding Scheme

MSCA-IF-GF - Global Fellowships


Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland
Oster Voldgade 10
1350 Kobenhavn K
Activity type
EU contribution
€ 273 687,36

Partners (1)

Allee Des Bibliotheques 2345
G1V 0A6 Quebec
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments