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European project on ocean acidification
www.epoca-project.eu/

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Acronym: EPOCA
Period: June 2008 till 2012
Status: Completed

Institutes (4)  Top 
  • Université Libre de Bruxelles; Faculté des Sciences; Département des Sciences de la Terre et de l'Environnement; Unité Modélisation Biogéochimique Système Terre; Laboratory of Chemical Oceanography and Water Geochemistry (LoCGE), more, partner
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique; Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche (LOV), more, co-ordinator
  • European Commission; Seventh Framework Programme, more, sponsor
  • Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut voor Onderzoek der Zee (NIOZ), more, partner

Abstract:
The EU FP7 Integrated Project EPOCA (European Project on OCean Acidification) was launched in June 2008 for 4 years. The overall goal is to advance our understanding of the biological, ecological, biogeochemical, and societal implications of ocean acidification.

EPOCA aims to:

  • document the changes in ocean chemistry and biogeography across space and time.
  • determine the sensitivity of marine organisms, communities and ecosystems to ocean acidification.
  • integrate results on the impact of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems in biogeochemical, sediment, and coupled ocean-climate models to better understand and predict the responses of the Earth system to ocean acidification.
  • assess uncertainties, risks and thresholds ("tipping points") related to ocean acidification at scales ranging from subcellular to ecosystem and local to global.


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).

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