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Methane fluxes in ocean margin sediments: microbiological and geochemical control

Objective

METROL will explore methane production and breakdown in the seabed, and how efficiently the sub-surface methane barrier controls the emission of this important greenhouse gas. METROL integrates European research institutes, an environmental ministry and an oil company as partners. The goal is to develop a general and calibrated model for methane in the seabed to quantify fluxes in European ocean margin areas and predict their response to environmental change. Field observations include European type localities: Baltic Sea - North Sea and Black Sea. Geophysical mapping of gas occurrences will be combined with biogeochemical profiling, process measurements, microbiology, modelling, and data base/GIS analyses. METROL will establish an easily accessible database, an interactive modelling tool, and a web site for efficient dissemination of information and for public awareness of the importance of sea floor methane.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.
Address
1,Celsiusstrasse 1
28359 Bremen
Germany

Participants (12)

ADMIRAL DANISH FLEET
Denmark
Address
Sumatravej 3
810 Aarhus C
ALFRED WEGENER INSTITUTE FOR POLAR AND MARINE RESEARCH
Germany
Address
Columbusstrasse
28568 Bremerhaven
AQUATEC
Germany
Address
C/o Mpi Seewiesen
82319 Seewiesen / Starnberg
CARDIFF UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
Park Place
CF10 3YE Cardiff
GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF DENMARK AND GREENLAND
Denmark
Address
8,Oester Voldgade 10
2400 Koepenhagen
INSTITUTE OF BIOLOGY OF SOUTHERN SEAS - UKRANIAN NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Ukraine
Address
2,Prospekt Nakhimova 2
99011 Sevastopol
NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE - MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY
Denmark
Address
Vejlsoevej 25
8600 Silkeborg
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MARINE GEOLOGY AND GEOECOLOGY
Romania
Address
Dimitrie Onciul Street 23-25
70318 Bucuresti
OKTOPUS GMBH
Germany
Address
Kieler Strasse 51
24594 Hohenwestedt
STATOIL ASA
Norway
Address
Artitekt Ebbells Veg 10, Rotvoll
7005 Trondheim
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
Address
Queens Road, Wills Memorial Building
BS8 1RJ Bristol, Clifton
UTRECHT UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
Address
Universiteit Utrecht
3508 TC Utrecht