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Eco-hydrodynamics of cold water coral habitats across integrated spatial scales

Project description

Understanding the ways deep sea coral maintain their reefs will support their protection

Cold water coral reefs are massive bioconstructions developing under complex interactions between deep-sea calcifying corals and the surrounding environment, with a biological richness comparable to that of shallow-water tropical coral reefs. They have a paramount role in maintaining high biodiversity in the deep ocean, and are considered vulnerable marine ecosystems severely endangered by human activities. The EU-funded HABISS project aims to quantify the multi-scale interactions between the geomorphology of cold water coral reefs and the surrounding hydrodynamics that regulates food and oxygen supplies for their growth and maintenance. Insight from pristine and human-impacted coral reefs will inform decision makers tasked with the implementation of environmental policies to protect the deep-sea, considered the most unknown and vulnerable ecosystem on our planet.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-IF-2019
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-IF-EF-CAR - CAR – Career Restart panel

Coordinator

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 241 398,72