MARINE MATTERS: Cork based Minister Michael Creed announces increased funding for cutting edge marine research (excerpts)

Michael Creed TD (Fine Gael), Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine was at the Marine Institute’s Dublin office today to meet some of the researchers who were successful in winning research funding through the Marine Research Measure. Minister Creed also announced the launch of a €2m Marine Equipment and Small Infrastructure Call 2017 which will open for applications tomorrow (Thursday 4th May) with awards of between €20,000 and €200,000. The specialist marine equipment and small infrastructure call aims to raise the performance of the marine research and innovation community across all areas by enabling the acquisition of specialist equipment.

An Ocean Acidification project led by NUI Galway was awarded €650,000 over four years. Dr Triona McGrath is the main researcher on this project with contributions from six leading Irish marine scientists. The project ‘Ocean acidification and biogeochemistry: variability, trends and vulnerability’ will address gaps in our current knowledge of the vulnerability of selected marine ecosystems in Irish waters to ocean acidification.

This research is essential to understand how carbon in the atmosphere is absorbed by the ocean, how this is changing the chemistry of the ocean, and the potential impact of that changing ocean chemistry on marine organisms. This knowledge will contribute to the development of tools and strategies to address impact of climate change in Irish waters. (…)

The Marine Institute is Ireland’s national agency for marine research and development, and works closely with other national and international research funders to promote the value of Ireland’s unique marine resource.

David O’Sullivan, The Cork, 3 May 2017. Article.

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