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MEDiterranean Sea Acidification in a changing climate

MEDiterranean Sea Acidification in a changing climate

Objective

Increases of atmospheric CO2 and associated decreases in seawater pH and carbonate ion concentration this century and beyond are likely to have wide impacts on marine ecosystems including those of the Mediterranean Sea. Consequences of this process, ocean acidification, threaten the health of the Mediterranean, adding to other anthropogenic pressures, including those from climate change. Yet in comparison to other areas of the world ocean, there has been no concerted effort to study Mediterranean acidification, which is fundamental to the social and economic conditions of more than 130 million people living along its coastlines and another 175 million who visit the region each year.
The MedSeA project addresses ecologic and economic impacts from the combined influences of anthropogenic acidification and warming, while accounting for the unique characteristics of this key region. MedSeA will forecast chemical, climatic, ecological-biological, and socio-economical changes of the Mediterranean driven by increases in CO2 and other greenhouse gases, while focusing on the combined impacts of acidification and warming on marine shell and skeletal building, productivity, and food webs. We will use an interdisciplinary approach involving biologists, earth scientists, and economists, through observations, experiments, and modelling. These experts will provide science-based projections of Mediterranean acidification under the influence of climate change as well as associated economic impacts. Projections will be based on new observations of chemical conditions as well as new observational and experimental data on the responses of key organisms and ecosystems to acidification and warming, which will be fed into existing ocean models that have been improved to account for the Mediterranean´s fine-scale features. These scientific advances will allow us to provide the best advice to policymakers who must develop regional strategies for adaptation and mitigation.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA

Address

Campus De La Uab Bellaterra
08193 Cerdanyola Barcelona

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 858 708,47

Administrative Contact

Patrizia Ziveri (Ms.)

Participants (15)

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UNIVERSITE DE PERPIGNAN

France

EU Contribution

€ 219 946

BAR ILAN UNIVERSITY

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 191 520

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 278 328,75

FONDAZIONE CENTRO EURO-MEDITERRANEOSUI CAMBIAMENTI CLIMATICI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 170 900

UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS 6

France

EU Contribution

€ 284 200

PLYMOUTH MARINE LABORATORY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 206 245,52

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 202 362,51

UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 184 776,94

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

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 214 728,14

CONSORZIO NAZIONALE INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LE SCIENZE DEL MARE ASSOCIAZIONE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 115 765,20

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE HALIEUTIQUE

Morocco

EU Contribution

€ 44 306,10

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF OCEANOGRAPHY AND FISHERIES

Egypt

EU Contribution

€ 44 507,93

SFAX UNIVERSITY

Tunisia

EU Contribution

€ 32 257,93

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI OCEANOGRAFIA E DI GEOFISICA SPERIMENTALE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 247 369,69

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 194 246,17

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 265103

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2011

  • End date

    31 July 2014

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 824 146,36

  • EU contribution

    € 3 490 169,35

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAT AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA

Spain