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Our common future ocean in the Earth system – quantifying coupled cycles of carbon, oxygen, and nutrients for determining and achieving safe operating spaces with respect to tipping points

Objective

COMFORT will close knowledge gaps for key ocean tipping elements under anthropogenic physical and chemical climate forcing through an interdisciplinary research approach. It will provide added value to decision and policy makers in terms of science based safe marine operating spaces, refined climate mitigation targets, and feasible long-term mitigation pathways. We will determine the consequences of passing tipping points in physical tipping elements for the marine carbon, oxygen, and nutrient cycles, as well as tipping points in biogeochemical tipping elements. The respective impact on marine ecosystems will be determined. Projections of the Earth system and impact studies have so far been carried out sequentially in a chain from scenarios to projections to off-line impact studies. This sequential workflow has hampered a quick response of the impact community back to revised scenarios and projections for tackling climate mitigation. COMFORT breaks new ground by bringing together experts from Earth system science, oceanography, fisheries science and ecology in a single integrated project who will work in parallel with a consistent set of analysis tools, scenarios, and interoperable models. The strength of COMFORT lies in the system-focused interdisciplinary approach as opposed to existing studies at the level of individual subsystems. The approach will be pursued with a firm link to stakeholders. COMFORT results will contribute to all four expected impacts for this call.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

Address

Museplassen 1
5020 Bergen

Norway

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 081 341,25

Participants (31)

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STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 405 936,25

INTERNATIONALES INSTITUT FUER ANGEWANDTE SYSTEMANALYSE

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 380 000

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 413 985

UNIVERSITAET BERN

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 430 000

POTSDAM INSTITUT FUER KLIMAFOLGENFORSCHUNG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 100 050

ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 405 250

HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM FUR OZEANFORSCHUNG KIEL

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 595 456,25

UNIVERSITAET BREMEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 107 075

UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 199 155

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 171 000

UNIVERSIDAD DE LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 117 500

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 110 926,25

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 466 140

ECOLE NORMALE SUPERIEURE

France

EU Contribution

€ 199 936,25

COLLECTE LOCALISATION SATELLITES

France

EU Contribution

€ 384 880

METEO-FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 217 480

HAFRANNSOKNASTOFNUN, RANNSOKNA- OG RADGJAFARSTOFNUN HAFS OG VATNA

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 112 260

HAVFORSKNINGSINSTITUTTET

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 114 800

NORSK POLARINSTITUTT

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 100 526,25

NORCE NORWEGIAN RESEARCH CENTRE AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 386 500

STIFTELSEN NANSEN SENTER FOR MILJOOG FJERNMALING

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 115 250

GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 62 950

SVERIGES METEOROLOGISKA OCH HYDROLOGISKA INSTITUT

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 349 625

PLYMOUTH MARINE LABORATORY LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 224 671,25

UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 104 060

UNITED KINGDOM RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 515 997,50

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 108 922,50

UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 96 240

DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY

Canada

COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 113 750

NANSEN ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH CENTRE (INDIA) LTD

India

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 820989

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 September 2019

  • End date

    31 August 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 482 147,50

  • EU contribution

    € 8 191 663,75

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

Norway