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Stable Chromium Isotopes as a Productivity Tracer

Project description

Round and round it goes: scientists find a novel proxy to help monitor the carbon cycle

The global carbon cycle, in which carbon is exchanged between reservoirs in the atmosphere, oceans and land, plays a role in the earth's climate. Oceans can absorb a tremendous amount of CO2, and marine organisms are critical to this process via the biological carbon pump (BCP). On the surface, photosynthesisers such as phytoplankton transform dissolved CO2 into organic carbon. Most of it is converted back to CO2 via respiration in animals, plants and bacteria, and it re-enters the atmosphere on short time scales. When plants and animals die, they transport a small fraction to the depths with them, where decomposition slowly releases it. The BCP plays a critical role in climate processes, yet it is poorly understood. The EU-funded SCrIPT project is developing a proxy to evaluate changes in the BCP over time, both past and future.

Host institution

UNIVERSITE DE LAUSANNE
Net EU contribution
€ 1 077 106,25
Address
Quartier Unil-centre Bâtiment Unicentre
1015 Lausanne
Switzerland

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Region
Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Région lémanique Vaud
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Beneficiaries (2)

UNIVERSITE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Net EU contribution
€ 1 077 106,25
Address
Quartier Unil-centre Bâtiment Unicentre
1015 Lausanne

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Region
Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Région lémanique Vaud
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITAET BERN
Switzerland
Net EU contribution
€ 920 518,75
Address
Hochschulstrasse 6
3012 Bern

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Region
Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Espace Mittelland Bern / Berne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00