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Is climate change a threat to marine ecosystems in the Benguela upwelling system? New project kicks off

07.01.2019 14:00

The research vessel METEOR will be deployed in the Benguela upwelling system off Namibia within the scope of the EVAR project. (Photo: IOW / H. v. Neuhoff)

The three-year research project EVAR (short for “The Benguela Upwelling System under climate change – Effects of VARiability in physical forcing on carbon and oxygen budgets”) to investigate possible climate change impacts on key biogeochemical processes in the Benguela upwelling system off South West Africa, a very important fishing ground, was launched on January 2, 2019. The project is funded by the German Ministry of Research with about 3 Mill. euros and is headed by the IOW. Scientists from the MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences at Bremen University and the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel are also participating, together with their colleagues from the University of Namibia and the National Marine Information and Research Centre NatMIRC.

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