20 Oct 2022

The aim of this study initiative, besides serving as training in the analytical aspects of different parameters of the carbon system, is also to generate the necessary knowledge on the evolution of ocean-atmosphere CO2 fluxes and ocean acidification in the upwelling system of the Iberian Peninsula, along the coast of Galicia and Portugal. This study will be divided into different task such as: i) Participation in coastal oceanographic cruises for the sampling and analysis of inorganic carbon variables and ancillary variables in the Portugal and south Galician coast in order to expand the international public databases (GLODAP-CODAP); ii) Development of a synoptic climatology of pH and air-sea CO2 fluxes in the coastal waters of the Iberian Peninsula, using feedforward neural networks trained with observations; iii) Use of multivariate and other statistical analysis to identify and quantify the environmental drivers at different spatial and temporal scale, and iv) Evaluation of the future scenarios of the marine carbonate system of the Iberian upwelling ecosystem through the model projections of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 6 after evaluation and weighting of the same using the observations and data products obtained in the present.

This work is supported by SCOR (Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research) and progress will be presented regularly to the Portuguese Committee of this research organisation.

Profile of applicants

The candidates should have an academic background in marine science, marine biology, physical oceanography or marine chemistry. Skills in computing programming and database analyses are required.