Ocean biogeochemistry

Sist oppdatert: Feb 28, 2020

As anthropogenic emissions are continuously increasing and climate change is progressing rapidly, there is an urgent need to provide better knowledge on the impacts of climate change and to assess mitigation options that aim to avoid the most dangerous consequences. Our research theme contributes to solving these challenges with both observational data and models to study natural and humankind-induced changes in ocean biogeochemistry.

Our research focuses on climate change impacts on ocean carbon uptake and ecosystem stressors such as ocean acidification and de-oxygenation. We strive to deliver high-quality knowledge of past and present changes as well as reliable long-term future projections of the ocean carbon cycle and ecosystem stressors. Our group is actively exploring new analytical tools, such as Machine Learning in a Big Data framework, to improve multi-model data analysis and to deliver improved future climate projections.

Our group plays a key role in national ocean carbon observing and Earth system modelling infrastructure projects (ICOS-Norway and INES). We regularly contribute to high-profile international initiatives and projects such as the Coupled Model Intercomparison Projects (CMIP), and the Global Carbon Project (GCP), among others. In both national and international projects, we apply our expertise to explore future mitigation strategies and develop climate change risk assessments for the marine ecosystem, including aquaculture and coral reefs.

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