European Project on Ocean Acidification

EPOCA

Project timeline
Start:
May 2008
Duration:
48 months
End:
April 2012
General Information
The project aims at investigating the impact of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems and its interplay with present and pre-historic oceanic carbonate chemistry. The research, jointly proposed with 28 partners, is anticipated to provide a sound basis for advising political decision makers. Research interest cover climatic, biogeochemical issues on global scale, as well as ecological aspects in coastal regions, e.g. in North Sea and Baltic Sea. The proposal is devised to establish bridges between paleo-reconstruction, large-scale biogeochemistry, and process-oriented research on organisms and habitats. The major Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht contribution will be to mediate between experiments and large scale, biogeochemical modelling. Observations from mesocosm studies will be assimilated into ecological models that include parameterisations for pH-sensitive processes, such as calcification, carbon acquisition, and nitrogen fixation.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaFP7-ENV-2007-1
Project TypeLarge-scale integrating project
Contract Number Grant Agreement 211384
Co-ordinatorCNRS, Laboratoire d'Océanographique de Villefranche (FR)
Total Eligible Costs (€) HZG Eligible Costs (€) EC Funding for HZG (€)
9.752.200178.356 133.765
Contact Person at HZG Dr. Markus Schartau, Institute for Coastal Research, KOE Phone: +49 4152 87 1540, Fax : +49 4152 87 1565
E-mail contact
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Participants
Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung AWI (DE), Hafrannsoknastofnunin (IS), Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (FR), Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut voor Onderzoek der Zee NIOZ (NL), Laboratoire d'Océanographie, CNRS (FR), Leibniz-Institut für Meereswissenschaften an der Universität Kiel IFM-GEOMAR (DE), Marine Biological Association (UK), Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie (DE), Natural Environment Research Council (UK), Philippe Saugier International Educational Projects (FR), Scottish Association for Marine Science (UK), The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Cambridge (UK), University of Bern (CH), University of Bristol (UK), University of Plymouth (UK), University of Plymouth (UK), University of Southampton (UK), University of Southampton (UK), Utrecht University (NL), Vereniging Voor Christelijk Hoger Onderwijs, Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek En Patientenzorg (NL), Vereniging voor Hoger Onderwijs Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek en Patientenzorg (NL)
EPOCA website
Last Update: 15. May 2017