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Marine carbon sources and sinks assessment

Objective

CARBOOCEAN IP aims at an accurate assessment of the marine carbon sources and sinks. Target is to reduce the present uncertainties in the quantification of net annual air-sea CO2 fluxes by a factor of 2 for the world ocean and by a factor of 4 for the Atlantic Ocean. The IP will deliver description, process oriented understanding and prediction of the marine carbon sources and sinks with special emphasis on the Atlantic and Southern Oceans on a time scale -200 to +200 years from now. Expected breakthroughs by CARBOOCEAN IP will be firm answers to the following as yet unresolved questions:

- How large are the Atlantic and Southern Ocean CO2 sinks precisely, i.e. how efficient is the downward transport of carbon in the deep-water production areas of the world ocean?
- What do European rivers and shelf seas contribute to the large scale CO2 sources and sinks pattern of the North Atlantic Ocean in relation to uptake within Western Europe ?
- What are the key biogeochemical feedbacks that can affect ocean carbon uptake and how do they operate ?
- What is the quantitative global and regional impact of such feedbacks when forced by climatic change in the next 200 years?

CARBOOCEAN IP will answer these questions through basic research in a strategic combination of extensive large-scale observations, process studies and advanced computer models focusing on all quantitatively important aspects to the problem. The project is based on three elements - observations, process studies, and integrative modelling - equivalent to description, understanding and prediction:

- A marine carbon balance for the last 200 years based on high quality observations.
- A process-based understanding of the marine carbon cycle response to a change in forcing as derived from process studies in the field, in the laboratory, and through modelling.
- Integrated carbon budgets for the interval -200 to +200 years from now by synthesis of a modelling framework...

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-GLOBAL-2
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN
Address
Muséplass 1
No - 5020 Bergen
Norway

Participants (35)

AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
Aarhus C
ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT FUER POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG
Germany
Address
Columbusstrasse
Bremerhaven
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (CNRS)
France
Address
3, Rue Michel-ange
Paris
COMMISARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE
France
Address
31-33 Rue De La Fédération
Paris
CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
Serrano, 117
Madrid
DANMARKS MILJOEUNDERSOEGELSER
Denmark
Address
Frederiksborgvej 399
Roskilde
FASTOPT GBR
Germany
Address
Schanzenstrasse 36
Hamburg
GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Address
Vasaparken
Goeteborg
HAFRANNSOKNASTOFNUNIN
Iceland
Address
Skulagata 4
Reykjavik
INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
France
Address
155, Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau
Issy-les-moulineaux
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE HALIEUTIQUE
Morocco
Address
02, Rue Tiznit
Casablanca
INSTYTUT OCANOLOGII - POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK
Poland
Address
Ul.powstancow Warszawy 55
Sopot
INTERGOVERNMENTAL OCEANOGRAPHIC COMMISSION OF UNESCO
France
Address
1, Rue Miollis
Paris
KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN
Netherlands
Address
Kloveniersburgwal 29, Het Truppenhuis
Amsterdam
LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUER MEERESWISSENSCHAFTEN
Germany
Address
Wischhofstrasse 1-3
Kiel
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FÖRDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.
Germany
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
München
MET OFFICE
United Kingdom
Address
Fitzroy Road
Exeter
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
Address
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
Swindon
NILU POLSKA LTD.
Poland
Address
Reymonta 24
Katowice
NORSK INSTITUTT FOR LUFTFORSKNING
Norway
Address
Instituttveien 18
Kjeller
PHILIPPE SAUGIER INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS
France
Address
Le Foulon
Veynes
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
United States
Address
Nassau Hall
Princeton, Nj
RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN
Netherlands
Address
Broerstraat 5
Groningen
STICHTING NEDERLANDS INSTITUUT VOOR ONDERZOEK DER ZEE
Netherlands
Address
Landsdiep 4
Den Burg
STIFTELSEN NANSEN SENTER FOR FJERNMAALING
Norway
Address
Thormoehlensgate, 47
5006 Bergen
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG HARBURG
Germany
Address
Schwarzenbergstrasse 95
Hamburg
UNIVERSIDAD DE LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA
Spain
Address
C/ Juan De Quesada
Las Palmas De Gran Canaria
UNIVERSITAET BERN
Switzerland
Address
Hochschulstrasse 4
Bern
UNIVERSITAET BREMEN
Germany
Address
Bibliothekstrasse 1
Bremen
UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE
Belgium
Address
Institut De Physique (B5), Allée Du 6 Août, 17
Liege
UNIVERSITE DE PERPIGNAN
France
Address
52 Avenue Paul Alduy
Perpignan
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium
Address
Avenue F.d. Roosevelt, 50
Brussels
UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS VI
France
Address
4 Place Jussieu
Paris
UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA
United Kingdom
Address
University Plain
Norwich
UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX
United Kingdom
Address
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester