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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.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2010
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Address
Calle Campus Universitario Sn Cerdanyola V
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 858 708,47
Administrative Contact
Patrizia Ziveri (Ms.)

Participants (15)

UNIVERSITE DE PERPIGNAN
France
EU contribution
€ 219 946
Address
Avenue Paul Alduy 52
66860 Perpignan
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Aurélie Bineau (Ms.)
BAR ILAN UNIVERSITY
Israel
EU contribution
€ 191 520
Address
Bar Ilan University Campus
52900 Ramat Gan
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Moshe Salomon (Mr.)
HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH
Greece
EU contribution
€ 278 328,75
Address
Leoforos Athens Sounio 46 7Km
19013 Attikia Anavissos
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Euripides Papadopoulos (Mr.)
FONDAZIONE CENTRO EURO-MEDITERRANEOSUI CAMBIAMENTI CLIMATICI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 170 900
Address
Via A Imperatore 16
73100 Lecce
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Giulia Galluccio (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS 6
France
EU contribution
€ 284 200
Address
Place Jussieu 4
75252 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stéphanie Rossard (Dr.)
PLYMOUTH MARINE LABORATORY LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 206 245,52
Address
Prospect Place West Hoe
PL1 3DH Plymouth
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
David Loynes (Mr.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 202 362,51
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eusebio Jiménez Arroyo (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 184 776,94
Address
Drake Circus
PL4 8AA Plymouth
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
John Martin (Dr.)
ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 214 728,14
Address
Am Handelshafen 12
27570 Bremerhaven
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Catherine Audebert (Ms.)
CONSORZIO NAZIONALE INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LE SCIENZE DEL MARE ASSOCIAZIONE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 115 765,20
Address
Piazzale Flaminio 9
00196 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Antonio Mazzola (Prof.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE HALIEUTIQUE
Morocco
EU contribution
€ 44 306,10
Address
Rue Tiznit 2
20000 Casablanca
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Abdelfattah Assabir (Mr.)
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF OCEANOGRAPHY AND FISHERIES
Egypt
EU contribution
€ 44 507,93
Address
Qasr El Ainy Street 101 101
101 Cairo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mouhamed Sheradah (Prof.)
SFAX UNIVERSITY
Tunisia
EU contribution
€ 32 257,93
Address
Route De L'aeroport Km 0,5
3029 Sfax
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nejib Kallel (Prof.)
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI OCEANOGRAFIA E DI GEOFISICA SPERIMENTALE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 247 369,69
Address
Borgo Grotta Gigante 42/C
34010 Sgonico-trieste
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Cosimo Solidoro (Dr.)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 194 246,17
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Muriel Boyer (Ms.)