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Impact of climate induced glacial melting on marone coastal systems in the Western Antarctic Peninsula region

Acronym: IMCOAST
Status: In Progress

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  • Universiteit Gent; Faculteit Wetenschappen; Vakgroep Biologie; Onderzoeksgroep Mariene Biologie (MARBIOL), more
  • European Science Foundation (ESF), more, sponsor
  • Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar- and Marine Research (AWI), more

The coastline and the islands of the Western Antarctic Peninsula represent key areas immediately and most visibly affected by glacial retreat and melting, due to global climate warming. Although it is clear that coastal fresh water and sediment transport have increased both in length and volume, it is not clear how the sub-glacial and land run-off dynamics will change over time.

IMCOAST combines different physico-hydrographical, sedimentological, geochemical and biological proxies to investigate past, ongoing and future climate related changes of land ice masses and sedimentary run-off and their effects on coastal benthic and pelagic ecosystems in the King George Island coastal area.

This international research programme features a multidisciplinary approach involving geo- and biological sciences, field investigations, remote sensing and modelling, as well as knowledge into the hydrographical and biological history of the marine coastal ecosystems of the Western Antarctic Peninsula region.

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