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EUR-OCEANS Network of Excellence; WP on Biogeochemistry with focus on the Southern Ocean system

Project description

EUR-OCEANS aims to achieve lasting integration of European research organisations on global change and pelagic marine ecosystems, and to develop models for assessing and forecasting the impacts of climate and anthropogenic forcing on food-web dynamics (structure, functioning, diversity and stability) of pelagic ecosystems in the open ocean. The Network of Excellence (NoE) will favour the progressive integration of research programmes and facilities of major research Institutes all over Europe. The long-term goal of the NoE is to create a multi-site “Institute for European Research on Ocean Ecosystems under Anthropogenic and Natural Forcings”. The international context is provided by Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics (GLOBEC), and the forthcoming Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research (IMBER) of the International Geosphere Biosphere Programme (IGBP). EUR-OCEANS is organised around a Joint Programme of Activities (JPA) and focuses on seven different oceanic systems, including the Southern Ocean. The JPA comprises: (1) Integrating activities on: networking, data, and model integration; (2) Jointly executed research, organised around four broad modelling tasks (together with observations and experiments) on: pelagic ecosystems end-to-end, biogeochemistry, ecosystem approach to marine resources and within-system integration; (3) Activities to spread excellence, including training of researchers, and spreading excellence to socio-economic users and to the European public; (4) Management Activities.
The EUR-OCEANS Southern Ocean component will be conducted in cooperation with the US — Southern Ocean GLOBEC, Palmer Long Term Ecological Research Program, US Antarctic Marine Living Resources Program — and the Australian Antarctic Division, the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystem Cooperative Research Centre (Australia), the National Institute of Polar Research (Japan).

Project team

Project Coordinator: Frank Dehairs, Luc André, Johan Schoukens

Involved research groups

Involved partners:

Partner 1: Prof. Christiane Lancelot
Ecologie des Systèmes Aquatiques (ESA)
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Boulevard de la Plaine
B-1050 Brussels
Tel: 02/650.59.88
Fax: 02/650.59.93

Partner 2: Prof. Luc André
Dpt. of Geology and Mineralogy
Section of Mineralogy and Petrography
Royal Museum for Central Africa
Leuvensesteenweg, 13
3080 Tervuren
Phone: +32 2 769 54 59
Fax: +32 2 769 54 32

Partner 3: Prof. Johan Schoukens, Dr. Fjo De Ridder
Dept. Electriciteit (ELEC)
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2
B-1050 Brussels
Phone: +32-2-6292944
Fax : +32-2-6292850

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