Caring about the future

Global climate change and pollution: a synergy designed for disaster?
Coordinator - Newton C. Marcial Gomes
Programme - PTDC/AAC-CLI/107916/2008
Execution dates - 2010-04-15 - 2013-10-14 (42 Months)
Funding Entity - FCT
Funding for CESAM - 172752 €
Total Funding - 177432 €
Proponent Institution - Universidade de Aveiro
Participating Institutions
-Instituto do Mar (IMAR)
Departamento de Zoologia, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra
3004-517 Coimbra.
-Centro de Ciências do Mar (CCMar/CIIMAR)
Universidade do Algarve, Campus de Gambelas
8005-139 Faro.

Project Description

An ozone induced augmentation of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) and changing ocean acidification due to global climate change are predicted to severely and adversely impact the diversity and functioning of marine ecosystems. Increased UVR is predicted to disrupt aquatic food webs and lead to a reduction in the biological sinking capacity of atmospheric CO2, while ocean acidification, due to carbonic acid formation, has the potential to affect a plethora of marine organisms. Both of these factors will act directly on the chemistry of a range of natural organic compounds and environmental pollutants with potentially hazardous effects on ecosystems worldwide. The experimental design of this project will allow us to test hypotheses using microcosm experiments under a range of controlled environmental conditions. The synergistic effects of UVR, sea water acidification and environmental pollution on sediment benthic communities and ecosystem functioning will be assessed using state of the art ecotoxicological and molecular techniques (metagenomics and metatranscriptomics).

Project webpage

CESAM members on this project
Adelaide Almeida
Angela Cunha
Daniel Cleary



CESAM Funding: UIDP/50017/2020 + UIDB/50017/2020 + LA/P/0094/2020


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