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Carbon Cascades from Land to Ocean in the Anthropocene

Objective

C-CASCADES will produce a new generation of young scientists trained to span the boundaries between disciplines and with the skill-sets required to address one of the grand research challenges of the 21st century: the role of the carbon cycle in regulating Earth’s climate. Training will be embedded within and guided by the overriding science objective of the programme, to make a breakthrough in understanding the transfer of carbon between land and ocean at planetary scale and the consequences for atmospheric CO2 and climate. This will require cutting-edge research and innovation to permit characterization of the transport, transformation and ultimate fate of carbon in rivers, lakes and coastal waters and their representation in Earth System Models. This will allow a better quantification of the fluxes of greenhouse gases (primarily CO2 and CH4) exchanged with the atmosphere and their impacts on the climate system. The closely related training objective is to engage the next generation of Earth system scientists in an integrated, cutting-edge and highly relevant joint research programme. The research undertaken will capture technological innovation in sensor development; advance mechanistic understanding of the carbon transformations that occur during lateral transfer between land and ocean; embed this understanding in enhanced catchment, regional and global-scale models; and, assess quantitatively carbon transfer fluxes and carbon transformations along the land to ocean aquatic continuum at the global scale, from terrestrial ecosystems to the open ocean via rivers, lakes and coastal waters. The suite of C-CASCADES models will be progressively improved during the course of the project and evaluated against observations. These models will be applied to disentangle human impacts (e.g. land-use, river management, wastewater production, CO2, climate) on the land-to-ocean carbon cycle, for the historical period and future IPCC climate scenarios.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES

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1050 Bruxelles

Belgium

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 391 152

Participants (7)

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THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 546 575,76

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 788 626,80

KONGSBERG MARITIME CONTROS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 249 216,48

STICHTING DELTARES

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 255 374,28

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 498 432,96

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 119 943,01

UPPSALA UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 263 659,32

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EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM FUR OZEANFORSCHUNG KIEL

Global Carbon Project-IGBP

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 643052

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2015

  • End date

    31 December 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 112 980,61

  • EU contribution

    € 3 112 980,61

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES

Belgium