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Advancing Understanding of Carbon Cycling and Coloured Dissolved Organic Matter Dynamics in European Wetlands & Coastal Ecosystems through integration of observations and novel modelling approaches

Advancing Understanding of Carbon Cycling and Coloured Dissolved Organic Matter Dynamics in European Wetlands & Coastal Ecosystems through integration of observations and novel modelling approaches

Objective

This proposal aims at facilitating an efficient and lasting re-integration of Dr Maria Tzortziou in the Hellenic Center for Marine Research (HCMR). The main goal is to initiate a competitive and interdisciplinary research program at HCMR that will advance our understanding of the role that wetlands and tidal marshes play in dissolved organic matter (DOM) dynamics, carbon cycling, photochemistry, biogeochemistry, and water quality changes in coastal margin ecosystems. Specific objectives of the research initiated with EcoDOM include: (i) Characterize landscape-scale variation in the quantity and quality of the dissolved organic compounds exported from different wetlands and coastal tidal marshes in SE Europe, and understand implications of such variation for estuarine biogeochemistry, ecosystem productivity, and water optics. (ii) Develop novel and improved modelling approaches for describing and predicting effects of photochemical processes on DOM quality and degradation. Accurate quantitative description of these effects is prerequisite for improving the accuracy of more general biogeochemical/ecological models of carbon cycling. (iii) Apply a novel radiative transfer model to examine the effects of wetland DOM inputs on underwater light fields. (iv) Link the proposed work to remote sensing applications by developing bio-optical relationships between remotely sensed quantities, DOM optical properties and biogeochemical variables in coastal waters. EcoDOM research is highly relevant to the European Union policy making and research initiatives for increased understanding and modelling of climate-related biogeochemical cycles in European wetland ecosystems and sustainable management of EU’s coastal natural resources. The HCMR Institute of Inland Waters is committed to absorb the research initiated in the proposed project by offering job stability through long-term research scientist appointments to Dr Tzortziou with the conclusion of the project.
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Coordinator

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Address

Leoforos Athens Sounio 46 7km
19013 Attikia Anavissos

Greece

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 100 000

Administrative Contact

Elias Dimitriou (Dr.)

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 208841

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2008

  • End date

    30 April 2012

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 100 000

  • EU contribution

    € 100 000

Coordinated by:

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Greece