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European Project on Ocean Acidification

Objective

"The overall goal of the European Project on Ocean Acidification (EPOCA) is to fill the numerous
gaps in our understanding of the effects and implications of ocean acidification.
EPOCA aims to document the changes in ocean chemistry and biogeography across space and time.
Paleo-reconstruction methods will be used on several archives, including foraminifera and deep-sea
corals, to determine past variability in ocean chemistry and to tie these to present-day chemical and
biological observations.
EPOCA will determine the sensitivity of marine organisms, communities and ecosystems to ocean
acidification. Molecular to biochemical, physiological and ecological approaches will be combined
with laboratory and field-based perturbation experiments to quantify biological responses to ocean
acidification, assess the potential for adaptation, and determine the consequences for biogeochemical
cycling. Laboratory experiments will focus on key organisms selected on the basis of their ecological,
biogeochemical or socio-economic importance. Field studies will be carried out in systems deemed
most sensitive to ocean acidification.
Results on the chemical, biological and biogeochemical impacts of ocean acidification will be integrated
in biogeochemical, sediment and coupled ocean-climate models to better understand and predict
the responses of the Earth system to ocean acidification. Special special attention will be paid to the
potential feedbacks of the physiological changes in the carbon, nitrogen, sulfur and iron cycles.
EPOCA will assess uncertainties, risks and thresholds (""tipping points"") related to ocean acidification
at scales ranging from sub-cellular, to ecosystem and from local to global. It will also assess pathways
of CO2 emissions required to avoid these thresholds and describe the state change and the subsequent
risk to the marine environment and Earth system should these emissions be exceeded."
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Coordinator

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

Address

Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris

France

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 331 073

Administrative Contact

Hélène Faradji (Dr.)

Participants (27)

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UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 407 799

HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM FUR OZEANFORSCHUNG KIEL

Germany

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 156 059

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

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 539 051

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 250 810

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 524 790

PLYMOUTH MARINE LABORATORY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 613 503,29

THE SCOTTISH ASSOCIATION FOR MARINESCIENCE LBG

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 120 759

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 116 116

MARINE BIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED KINGDOM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 120 760

GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 119 830

STICHTING NIOZ, KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS INSTITUUT VOOR ONDERZOEK DER ZEE

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 148 628

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 120 751

KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN - KNAW

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 171 851

SIR ALISTER HARDY FOUNDATION FOR OCEAN SCIENCE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 62 238

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM GEESTHACHT ZENTRUM FUR MATERIAL- UND KUSTENFORSCHUNG GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 133 765

UNIVERSITAET BERN

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 185 780

UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 92 893

PHILIPPE SAUGIER INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS

France

EU Contribution

€ 27 868

VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 120 706

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 120 760

HAFRANNSOKNASTOFNUNIN

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 97 537

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 157 915

UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH

United Kingdom

UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION -UNESCO

France

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

United Kingdom

LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUER MEERESWISSENSCHAFTEN AN DER UNIVERSITAET KIEL

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 807 752,71

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 211384

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2008

  • End date

    30 April 2012

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 9 766 950,65

  • EU contribution

    € 6 548 995

Coordinated by:

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

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