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Ocean Margin EXchange II - Phase I

Objective



The aim of the OMEX II project is to gain a better understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological processes occurring at the ocean margins in order to evaluate fluxes of energy and matter across this boundary. The objective is to provide a more accurate picture of the biogeochemical interactions between the coastal zone and the open ocean. This information is essential for the development of predictive models required to evaluate the response of the shelf and slope area to global environmental changes. The physical studies will be mainly focused on the determination of advective and diffusive transport processes at the European shelf edge boundary using field measurements, laboratory experiments and theoretical analyses. Prognostic models will be developed to estimate fluxes of water and particles in characteristic but contrasting systems of the Northeastern European shelf edge. Special efforts will be devoted to the understanding of the various components of the carbon cycle and associated elements (nutrients, oligo-elements). This will include the study of the temporal and spacial variability of production, consumption, transport and burial of organic matter. Ecological models will be developed in order to assess the population dynamics in relation to the food flux with special emphasis on the pelagic-benthic coupling. The distribution, properties, transport and rate of accumulation of sediments in the selected areas will be determined with particular consideration on the role of the nepheloid layer. The physical, chemical and biological aspects of the utilization or burial of organic and inorganic carbon in the sediments will be studied by looking at the vertical distribution of dissolved and particulate matter. Finally the ocean margins often characterized by upwelling and enhanced biological activity, are essential areas to evaluate fluxes of gaseous components between the ocean and atmosphere. Determination of rates of exchange of CO2, CH4 and sulfur biogases will be performed.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Address
Boulevard Du Triomphe Campus De La Plaine
1050 Bruxelles
Belgium

Participants (31)

COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES
Italy
Address
Via Enrico Fermi 1, Tp 460
21020 Barasso
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
France
Address
351 Cours De La Libération
33405 Talence
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
France
Address
1,Rue Maurice Arnoux
92120 Montrouge
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
France
Address
Avenue De La Terrasse
91198 Gif-sur-yvette
Christian-Albrechts Universität Kiel
Germany
Address
1-3,Wischhofstraße
24148 Kiel
Christian-Albrechts Universität Kiel
Germany
Address
20,Düsternbrooker Weg
24105 Kiel
IFREMER - Institut Francais de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer
France
Address
Centre De Brest
29280 Plouzane
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO
Portugal
Address
Avenida Rovisco Pais, Pav. Mecanica 1-2°
1049-001 Lisboa
Instituto Hidrográfico
Portugal
Address
49,Rua Das Trinas
1200 Lisboa
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.
Germany
Address
Saarstraße 23
55020 Mainz
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
Address
Bidston Observatory
L43 7RA Birkenhead
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
Address
Empress Dock
SO14 3ZH Southampton
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
Address
Bidston Observatory, Bidston Hill
CH43 7RA Prenton
NERC Centre of Coastal and Marine Sciences
United Kingdom
Address
Prospect Place West Hoe
PL1 3DH Plymouth
NERC Centre of Coastal and Marine Sciences
United Kingdom
Address
Prospect Place West Hoe
PL1 3DH Plymouth
NETHERLANDS INSTITUTE FOR SEA RESEARCH
Netherlands
Address
Landsdiep 4
1790 AB Den Burg
NETHERLANDS ORGANISATION FOR APPLIED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH - TNO
Netherlands
Address
63,Oude Waalsdorperweg 63
2509 JG Den Haag ('S-gravenhage)
Napier University
United Kingdom
Address
10 Colinton Road
EH10 5DT Edinburgh
ROYAL NETHERLANDS ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCE
Netherlands
Address
28,Vierstraat 28
4401 EA Yerseke
Risø National Laboratory
Denmark
Address
399,Frederiksborgvej 399
4000 Roskilde
SIR ALISTER HARDY FOUNDATION FOR OCEAN SCIENCE
United Kingdom
Address
Citadel Hill, The Laboratory
PL1 2PB Plymouth
UNIVERSIDADE DO ALGARVE
Portugal
Address
322,Campus De Gambelas
8000 Faro
UNIVERSITY OF HAMBURG
Germany
Address
Budesstrasse 55
20146 Hamburg
UNIVERSITY OF TROMSOE
Norway
Address
201 B,breivika
9037 Tromsoe
University College Galway
Ireland
Address

90 Galway
University Wales - Bangor
United Kingdom
Address

LL59 5EY Menai Bridge
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom
Address
Downing Street
CB2 3EQ Cambridge
University of Limerick
Ireland
Address
Plassey Technological Park
61 Limerick
Universität Bremen
Germany
Address
Leobenerstraße
28359 Bremen
Université de Liège
Belgium
Address

4000 Liège
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Belgium
Address
2,Pleinlaan 2
1050 Bruxelles