An integral part of EPOCA (the European Project on OCean Acidification), an EU FP7 Integrated Project launched in June 2008 for 4 years, involves a team of scientists from around Europe travelling to the Arctic to advance our understanding of the biological, ecological, biogeochemical, and societal implications of ocean acidification. This research will be carried out in two sections, begining with a Benthic campaign in May 2009 and followed by a Pelagic campaign in the summer of 2010.
The EPOCA consortium brings together more than 100 researchers from 27 institutes and 9 European countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Iceland, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom).
About the logistics and responsibilities in Spitzbergen
EPOCA’s Arctic experiment uses an experimental platform provided independently from EPOCA by IFM-GEOMAR, a marine research institute based in Kiel, Germany. IFM-GEOMAR uses its own resources as well the assistance of external parties, including Greenpeace, to transport its own equipment and staff from Kiel to Ny-Ålesund, deploy this equipment in a suitable location, recover it at the end of the experiment and transport it back to Kiel.
This experimental platform is offered at no cost to individual scientists. At this stage, it is anticipated that scientists from EPOCA, MESOAQUA, the German project BIOACID and a Chinese project will make use of the platform. The EPOCA scientists that will participate will be based at the international station of Ny-Ålesund.
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Learn more about The Science behind the EPOCA arctic campaign including details of all The Experiments, as well as view a map of where the experiments are taking place, and where all the individual research institutes are located across Europe.
Learn more about The People involved in the 2009 campaign