A new funding opportunity has been released for projects to make use of fieldwork to address the aims of BIO-Carbon.
To support this call a virtual workshop will be held on 7-8 March 2023:
- to present progress from the BIO-Carbon Stage 1a Projects, including a fuller gap analysis report (see below)
- to gather information to inform planning for BIO-Carbon fieldwork
Further information related to the funding opportunity is available below:
Preliminary gap analysis
The BIO-Carbon BRICS project has been identifying the gaps in our understanding and a preliminary report is available using (see link below). In addition to reviewing the current literature to identify key processes, BRICS has also surveyed the international scientific community in order to highlight processes significant for ocean carbon storage and climate feedbacks. This report is intended to aid in identifying the observations that are needed to improve our grasp of the processes controlling the biological carbon pump, which will in turn allow for improved model representations and predictions.
Scope for ship-based fieldwork
The BIO-Carbon programme has £1 million allocated for fieldwork costs. Fieldwork must be carried out within the North Atlantic. This document sets out the broad limits of what is possible within these restrictions as well as the basic equipment allocated to the cruises.
BIO-Carbon NZOC science mission
The BIO-Carbon NZOC science mission opportunity has a separate budget of £1M for access to NERC's marine facilities to support proposals wishing to make use of shore-launched autonomous deployments, including those associated with purchase or hire of additional sensors not available in the National Marine Equipment Pool (NMEP)