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An integrative approach to unravel the ocean's biological carbon pump

Project description

Gaining insight into the ocean’s biological carbon pump

Did you know that microscopic marine plants help the ocean to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and store it away in the deep ocean for decades to even centuries? This storage process is called the ocean’s biological carbon pump. The EU-funded CarbOcean project intends to gain a better understanding of the workings of this pump by integrating new observations of carbon carried by microscopic particles in the ocean with biogeochemical modeling. To this end, researchers will develop an autonomous robotic ocean profiler to simultaneously observe fluxes of particulate organic carbon (POC) and particulate inorganic carbon (PIC), together with physico-chemical ocean parameters. Using data collected by such profilers in a wide variety of ocean environments, researchers will investigate POC and PIC production in the surface ocean and subsequent transfer through the dark ocean, and examine how these fluxes are interlinked. These unique observations will then be used to improve models of the biological carbon pump and gain better insights into the functioning of the pump.

Host institution

UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Net EU contribution
€ 1 997 651,00
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Belgium

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Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Oost-Vlaanderen Arr. Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 1 997 651,00

Beneficiaries (3)

UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 1 997 651,00
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent

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Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Oost-Vlaanderen Arr. Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 1 997 651,00
SORBONNE UNIVERSITE

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France
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
21 Rue De L'ecole De Medecine
75006 Paris
Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

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France
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00