How coastal seas help the ocean absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere

The biologically productive North Sea impacts the global climate through exchange of carbon and nutrients with the Atlantic Ocean. A Dutch consortium of scientists will investigate how big this role of the North Sea really is. Under the leadership of the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), a combination of field studies and computer model simulations will be conducted over the next four years to address this question. NWO has awarded approximately 3 million euros for this project.

The North Sea is under pressure from overfishing, ocean acidification, eutrophication and in parts a shortage of oxygen. It is crucial to better understand how these human influences affect carbon and nutrient cycling. Such insight will help to understand and project the effects of ongoing environmental change on the North Sea. It may also help to better understand and predict changing biogeochemical interactions between other coastal seas and the global ocean in the future. 

The consortium expects that the NoSE project will strengthen existing collaborations in the marine research community in the Netherlands and internationally and will stimulate new collaborations and inspire future work on the large-scale impact of anthropogenic influences on the ocean.

Utrecht University, 4 August 2022. Full article.

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