Science and innovation team grants collaboration awards in ocean acidification

Ocean acidification, a consequence of increasing CO2 levels in the atmosphere, is considered to be one of the most pressing threats to marine ecosystems.

The San Francisco S&I team has granted collaboration development awards to nine UK and US researchers, to create a network of new research links in the area of ocean acidification.  Ocean acidification, a consequence of increasing CO2 levels in the atmosphere, is considered to be one of the most pressing threats to marine ecosystems—a field identified as a priority area by Sir John Beddington, the UK’s Chief Scientific Adviser, and the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).  The awards will allow the US and UK researchers to travel to each other’s institutions and engage in focused discussions on joint work, sharing of equipment and facilities, standardisation of measurements, institutional linkages, and staff/student exchanges—all  of vital importance to solving this problem of global dimensions.  Two of the US experts will also be participating in the first meeting of the UK Ocean Acidification Programme, funded by £12 M from Defra, DECC and NERC, which will allow dove-tailing of research strategies between the US and UK research communities to accelerate progress and avoid duplication.

British Embassy, Washington, 17 December 2010. Web site.

 


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