ES 0801 The Ocean Chemistry of bioactive trace elements and paleoclimate proxies

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The cycling of key trace elements in the ocean is critical to the functioning of ocean ecosystems, to
the carbon cycle, to contamination of the ocean, and to assessment of past climate change. This
COST Action seeks to maximize the benefit from research on the marine chemistry of trace elements
conducted in a large number of COST countries. National research cruises will use new analytical
and modelling techniques to dramatically improve understanding of ocean trace-element cycles. This
Action will unite these national efforts with working groups focused on: i) maximizing the research
achieved on nationally-funded cruises through international collaboration; ii) intercalibration and
standardisation of analytical measurements across the European research area; and, iii) data
management and the production of global data products for a wide range of end-users. A fourth
Working Group will co-ordinate significant training and outreach activities, though which the Action
will generate an international community of young scientists who understand trace-element cycles
sufficiently well to contribute to a wide range of future interdisciplinary studies. This Action will
liaise closely with international programmes with similar interests, particularly the GEOTRACES
programme, and will allow realisation of cross-national goals of that programme within the
European research area.
Effective start/end date21/08/0813/11/12


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