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Axis 2: Geosystems, univers and climate

Axis 2 is geared towards the description and understanding of the various elements that make up planet Earth: the atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, solid earth - and their interactions.
It is also geared towards the understanding and prediction of its dynamics, and its evolution as well as that of its resources (mineral and hydrogeological) as well as its reactions to the pressures of mankind and climate. This includes the study of natural hazards and those stemming from the use of resources. It includes the understanding of the climate system and its modelling, geodesy and spatio-temporal reference systems. It allows the study of various components of the universe and their interactions, including the study of the sun-earth interaction, solar wind, the magnetosphere and atmosphere, as well as space weather effects.

Finally, the research will contribute to the scientific support necessary for national and international policy development related to the topics addressed (particularly international agreements and conventions such as the Climate convention, the Montréal protocol, etc.). This theme will support monitoring or surveillance activities if this proves necessary to fulfil the needs of the research.

[Description of the axis as mentioned in the note to the Council of Ministers]

Projects:

 

Network projects of the call 2016

CCSOM
Constraining CMEs and Shocks by Observations and Modelling throughout the inner heliosphere

  • Duration of the project:
  • Budget: 694.737 €
  • Coordinator: MAGDALENIC Jasmina (ORB-KSB)
  • Promotors: POEDTS Stefaan (KULeuven)
  • BELSPO programme manager: COX David

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

 

Mass2Ant
East Antarctic surface mass Balance in the Anthropocene : Observations and multiscale modelling

  • Duration of the project:
  • Budget: 788.870 €
  • Coordinator: GOOSSE Hugues (UCL)
  • Promotors: TISON Jean-Louis (ULB), VANNITSEM Stéphane (IRM-KMI)
  • BELSPO programme manager: VANCAUWENBERGHE Maaike

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

 

RESPONSE
Reactive transport modelling of point source contamination in soils and groundwater

  • Duration of the project:
  • Budget: 961.690 €
  • Coordinator: LETERME Bertrand (CEN-SCK)
  • Promotors: HEYVAERT Vanessa (IRSNB-KBIN), HUYSMANS Marijke (VUB), SPRINGAEL, Dirk SMOLDERS Erik (KULeuven), VAN WESEMAEL Bas (UCL)
  • BELSPO programme manager: VANDERSTRAETEN Martine

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

 

BAMM!
Belgian Antarctic Meteorites and Micrometeorites to document solar system

  • Duration of the project: 15/01/2017 - 15/04/2021
  • Budget: 389.815 €
  • Coordinator: DECREE Sophie (RBINS)
  • Promotors: GODERIS Steven (VUB); DEBAILLE Vinciane (ULB)
  • BELSPO programme manager: VANCAUWENBERGHE Maaike

Documentation

 

CHICXULUB
Chicxulub 2016 IODP-ICDP deep drilling: From cratering to mass extinction

  • Duration of the project:
  • Budget: 586.905 €
  • Coordinator: CLAEYS Philippe (VUB)
  • Promotors: KARATEKIN Ozgur (ORB-KSB), GODEFROIT Pascal (IRSNB-KBIN)
  • BELSPO programme manager: COX David

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

DIABASE
Disclosing the Antarctic basement by sampling ice field moraines

  • Duration of the project: 15/01/2017 - 15/04/2019
  • Budget: 69.117 €
  • Coordinator: DEBAILLE Vinciane (RBINS-KBIN)
  • Promotors: CLAEYS Philippe (VUB); DECREE Sophie (IRSNB-KBIN)
  • BELSPO programme manager: VANCAUWENBERGHE Maaike

Documentation

 

OCTAVE 
Oxygenated organic Compounds in the Tropical Atmosphere : Variability and atmosphere-biosphere Exchanges

  • Duration of the project: 15/01/2017 - 15/04/2021
  • Budget: 632.378 €
  • Coordinator: STAVRAKOU Trissevgeni (IASB-BIRA)
  • Promotors: COHEUR Pierre (ULB)
  • BELSPO programme manager: VANDERSTRAETEN Martine

Documentation

CHASE 
Unravelling Particle Chemistry in Dronning Maud Land: from atmosphere to surface snow

  • Duration of the project:
  • Budget: 353.634 €
  • Coordinator: MANGOLD Alexander, DELCLOO Andy (IRM-KMI)
  • Promotors: VAN LANGENHOVE, Herman DEMEESTERE Kristof (UGent), MATIELLI Nadine (ULB), CLAEYS Philippe (VLIZ)
  • BELSPO programme manager: VANCAUWENBERGHE Maaike

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra


MOMA 
Multi-wavelength Observations and Modelling of Aurora

  • Duration of the project:
  • Budget: 412.551 €
  • Coordinator: LAMY Hervé (IASB-BIRA)
  • Promotors: HUBERT Benoit (ULg)
  • BELSPO programme manager: COX David

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

 

Network projects of the call 2014

AEROCLOUD
How do aerosols and clouds affect the East Antarctic climate?

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2014 - 15/03/2019
  • Budget: 628 346€
  • Coordinator: VAN LIPZIG Nicole (KULeuven)
  • Promotors: DEBACKER Hugo (IRM-KMI); VAN ROOZENDAEL Michel (IASB-BIRA)
  • BELSPO programme manager: VANCAUWENBERGHE Maaike

Documentation

 

BRASS
The Belgian Repository of fundamental Atomic data and Stellar Spectra

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2014 - 15/03/2019
  • Budget: 526 362 €
  • Coordinator: LOBEL Alex (ORB-KSB)
  • Promotors: ROYER Pierre (KULeuven)
  • BELSPO programme manager: COX David

Documentation

 

COME-IN
Constraining Mercury’s interior structure and evolution

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2014 - 15/03/2019
  • Budget: 557 324 €
  • Coordinator: VAN HOOLST Tim (ORB-KSB)
  • Promotor: CHARLIER Bernard (ULg)
  • BELSPO programme manager: COX David

Documentation

 

CORDEX.be
COmbining Regional Downscaling EXpertise in Belgium: CORDEX and beyond

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2014 - 15/03/2017
  • Budget: 1 022 525 €
  • Coordinator: TERMONIA Piet (IRM-KMI)
  • Promotors: WILLEMS Patrick (KULeuven); VAN LIPZIG Nicole (KULeuven); VAN YPERSELE Jean-Pascal (UCL); FETTWEIS Xavier (ULg); DE RIDDER Koen & GOBIN Anne (VITO); STAVRAKOU Trissevgeni (IASB-BIRA); LUYTEN Patrick & VANDEN EYNDE Dries & DULIERE Valérie (IRSNB-KBIN); POTTIAUX Eric (ORB-KSB)
  • BELSPO programme manager: VANDERSTRAETEN Martine

Documentation

 

INDI67
Developments of methods to improve the monitoring of MSFD indicators 6 and 7

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2014 - 15/03/2019
  • Budget: 648 271 €
  • Coordinator: FETTWEIS Michael (IRSNB-KBIN)
  • Promotors: TOORMAN Erik & MONBALIU Jaak (KULeuven)
  • BELSPO programme manager: COX David

Documentation

 

METRO
Meteor Trajectories and Origins

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2014 - 15/03/2019
  • Budget: 312 422 €
  • Coordinator: DE KEYSER Johan (IASB-BIRA)
  • Promotors: MAGIN Thierry (VKI)
  • BELSPO programme manager: COX David

Documentation

 

NEWSTHEPS
New Sampling Tools for Heritage & Emerging Pollutants to facilitate GES assessment in the Marine Environment

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2014 - 15/03/2019
  • Budget: 1 200 000 €
  • Coordinator: ROOSE Patrick & PARMENTIER Koen (IRSNB-KBIN)
  • Promotors: JANSSEN Colin & DE SCHAMPHELAERE Karel (UGent); DEMEESTERE Kristof & VAN LANGENHOVE Herman (UGent); VANHAECKE Lynn (UGent); GAO Yue & BAEYENS Willy (VUB)
  • BELSPO programme manager: COX David

Documentation

 

SCOOP
Towards a SynergistiC study Of the atmOsphere of terrestrial Planets

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2014 - 15/03/2019
  • Budget: 500 986 €
  • Coordinator: WILQUET Valérie (IASB-BIRA)
  • Promotors: HUBERT Benoît & GERARD Jean-Claude (ULg)
  • BELSPO programmabeheerder: COX David

Documentation

 

STARLAB
Evolved stars and their shells: Laboratories for stellar physics

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2014 - 15/03/2019
  • Budget: 653 266 €
  • Coordinator: JORISSEN Alain (ULB)
  • Promotors: GROENEWEGEN Martin (ORB-KSB); WAELKENS Christoffel (KULeuven)
  • BELSPO programme manager: COX David

Documentation

 

 

Network projects of the call 2012

PAMEXEA
PAtterns and Mechanisms of EXtreme weather in East Africa

  • Duration of the project: 01/10/2013 - 31/12/2017
  • Budget: 997.513 €
  • Coordinator : VERSCHUREN Dirk (UGent)
  • Promotors: GOOSSE Hugues (UCL); MEES Florias (MRAC-KMMA); COCQUYT Christine (Plantentuin Meise);  GRAHAM Nicholas E. (HRC, US); BECHT Robert (ITC, NL)
  • BELSPO programme manager: VANDERSTRAETEN Martine

Documentation

 

QuakeRecNankai
Paleo-tsunami and earthquake records of ruptures along the Nankai Trough, offshore South-Central Japan

  • Duration of the project: 01/10/2013 - 31/12/2017
  • Budget: 1.009.336 €
  • Coordinator : DE BATIST Marc (UGent)
  • Promotors: HEYVAERT Vanessa (IRSNB-KBIN); HUBERT-FERRARI Aurelia (ULg) ; FUJIWARA Osamu (AIST, JP); YOKOYAMA Yusuke (AORI,  JP); BRÜCKNER Helmut (Uni-Koeln, DE)
  • BELSPO programme manager: VANDERSTRAETEN Martine

Documentation

 

STOCHCLIM
Improving the representation and prediction of climate processes through stochastic parameterization schemes

  • Duration of the project: 01/10/2013 - 31/12/2017
  • Budget: 912.973 €
  • Coordinator : VANNITSEN Stéphane (IRM-KMI)
  • Promotors: CRUCIFIX Michel (UCL) ; TERMONIA Piet (UGent)
  • BELSPO programme manager: VANDERSTRAETEN Martine

Documentation

 

AfReSlide
Landslides in Equatorial Africa: Identifying culturally, technically and economically feasible resilience strategies

  • Duration of the project: 01/10/2013 - 31/12/2017
  • Budget: 919 447 €
  • Coordinator: KERVYN Mathieu (VUB)
  • Promotors: VRANKEN Liesbet (KULeuven) ; JOIRIS Véronique (ULB) ; DEWITTE Olivier (MRAC-KMMA); POESSEN Jean (KULeuven)
  • BELSPO programme manager: VAN DER WERF Aline

Documentation

 

MASC
Modelling and Assessing Surface Change impacts on Belgian and Western European climate

  • Duration of the project: 01/10/2013 - 31/12/2017
  • Budget: 1.196.978 €
  • Coordinator : FRANCOIS Louis (ULg)
  • Promotors: HAMDI Rafik (IRM-KMI); DENDONCKER Nicolas (UNamur); DECKMYN G. (UA); DE WULF Robert (UGent); ROUJEAN J.-L. (CNRM-GAME, FR)
  • BELSPO programme manager: VANDERSTRAETEN Martine

Documentation

 

TILES
Transnational and Integrated Long-term Marine Exploitation Strategies

  • Duration of the project: 01/10/2013 - 31/12/2017
  • Budget: 1.041.893 €
  • Coordinator : VAN LANCKER Vera  (IRSNB-KBIN)
  • Promotors: DE BATIST Marc (UGent);  DE TRÉ Guy (UGent) ; STAFFLEU Jan (TNO, NL)
  • BELSPO programme manager: COX David

Documentation

 

 

Pioneer projects of the call 2013

SMEAIS
Seismic Monitoring of the East-Antarctic Ice Sheet

  • Duration of the project: 01/10/2013 - 31/12/2015
  • Budget: 149.600€
  • Promotor: LOMBARDI Denis (ORB-KSB)
  • BELSPO programme manager: JAMART Georges

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

 

MAGICS
Mars Atmosphere Global Interactive Chemistry Simulator

  • Duration of the project: 01/10/2013 - 31/12/2015
  • Budget: 150.000€
  • Promotor: DAERDEN Frank (IASB-BIRA)
  • BELSPO programme manager: JAMART Georges

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

 

 

Pioneer projects of the call 2012

UAV_Reunion
UAV Deployment at Reunion Island for TCCON Calibration and Shipping Emissions Mapping

  • Duration of the project: 01/10/2013 - 31/12/2015
  • Budget: 149.973€
  • Promotor: DESMET Filip (IASB-BIRA)
  • BELSPO programme manager: JAMART Georges

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

 

PREDISOL
Characterization of active regions' time evolution in view of solar flare prediction

  • Duration of the project: 01/10/2013 - 31/12/2015
  • Budget: 148.920 €
  • Coordinator : DELOUILLE Véronique (ORB-KSB)
  • Promotors: HERO Alfred O. (UMich, US)
  • BELSPO programme manager: JAMART Georges

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

 

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