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Methane fluxes in ocean margin sediments: microbiological and geochemical control

Methane fluxes in ocean margin sediments: microbiological and geochemical control

Objective

METROL will explore methane production and breakdown in the seabed, and how efficiently the sub-surface methane barrier controls the emission of this important greenhouse gas. METROL integrates European research institutes, an environmental ministry and an oil company as partners. The goal is to develop a general and calibrated model for methane in the seabed to quantify fluxes in European ocean margin areas and predict their response to environmental change. Field observations include European type localities: Baltic Sea - North Sea and Black Sea. Geophysical mapping of gas occurrences will be combined with biogeochemical profiling, process measurements, microbiology, modelling, and data base/GIS analyses. METROL will establish an easily accessible database, an interactive modelling tool, and a web site for efficient dissemination of information and for public awareness of the importance of sea floor methane.

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Coordinator

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.

Address

1,Celsiusstrasse 1
28359 Bremen

Germany

Administrative Contact

Bo Barker JOERGENSEN (Professor)

Participants (12)

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ADMIRAL DANISH FLEET

Denmark

ALFRED WEGENER INSTITUTE FOR POLAR AND MARINE RESEARCH

Germany

AQUATEC

Germany

CARDIFF UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF DENMARK AND GREENLAND

Denmark

INSTITUTE OF BIOLOGY OF SOUTHERN SEAS - UKRANIAN NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Ukraine

NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE - MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY

Denmark

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MARINE GEOLOGY AND GEOECOLOGY

Romania

OKTOPUS GMBH

Germany

STATOIL ASA

Norway

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

United Kingdom

UTRECHT UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

Project information

Grant agreement ID: EVK3-CT-2002-00080

  • Start date

    1 November 2002

  • End date

    31 October 2005

Funded under:

FP5-EESD

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 633 624

  • EU contribution

    € 2 605 499

Coordinated by:

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.

Germany

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