[Coral-List] Research Program Announcement - NSF - Ocean Acidification

Taylor, Phillip R. prtaylor at nsf.gov
Mon Jan 25 15:05:58 EST 2010

The U.S. National Science Foundation announces opportunities for
research and community building in the theme of 

OCEAN ACIDIFICATION.    Please see the full announcement at the
following website.  





Letters of Intent due:  29 March 2010

Full proposals due:      26 April 2010




Synopsis of Program:


Since the publication of The Royal Society's report Ocean Acidification
Due to Increasing Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide (June 2005,
www.royalsoc.ac.uk), there has been growing concern for the potential
adverse impacts of a slowly acidifying sea upon marine ecosystems.  In
recognition of the need for basic research concerning the nature, extent
and impact of ocean acidification on oceanic environments in the past,
present and future, this announcement has the following broad goals: 



          To understand the chemistry and physical chemistry of ocean
acidification and, in particular, its interplay with fundamental
biochemical and physiological processes of organisms;


          To understand how ocean acidification interacts with processes
at the organismal level, and how such interactions impact the structure
and function of ecosystems, e.g. through life histories, food webs,
biogeochemical cycling, and other interactions;


          To understand how the earth system history informs our
understanding of the effects of ocean acidification on the present day
and future ocean.  


New research frontiers require the development of interdisciplinary
partnerships and capacity building within the scientific community.
Accordingly, full research proposals, exploratory proposals, and
community development efforts such as workshops and symposia all are
encouraged.  Proposals must clearly demonstrate links between the
research outcome and the emphasis areas described within the
solicitation.  Preference will be given to proposals that create new
partnerships across traditional disciplines (including molecular and
cellular biology, physiology, marine chemistry and physics, ecological
sciences, paleoecology, and earth system history) and use diverse
approaches (observational systems, experimental studies, theory and
modeling) to examine cutting edge research questions related to ocean



Phil Taylor



Phillip R. Taylor

Head, Ocean Section (Biological, Chemical and Physical Oceanography)

Division of Ocean Sciences

National Science Foundation

4201 Wilson Blvd., Suite 725

Arlington,  Virginia,  USA  22230

703-292-8580,    fax: 703-292-9085  

prtaylor at nsf.gov 



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