Uddannelses- og Forskningsministeriet - EUopSTART - BlueCarbon-net

Projekter: ProjektForskning



BC-net will train a new generation of entrepreneurial and innovative ESRs with the ability to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefit, able to face current and future challenges in the field of blue carbon management and climate change mitigation needed in a carbon free society.

BC-net provides scientific excellence and excellent transferable skills thus enhancing career perspectives in both the academic and non-academic sectors through international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral mobility combined with an innovation-oriented mind-set.

This will be accomplished through an excellent international consortium of approx. 7 academic and 5 non-academic partners that will collaborate to provide supervision, training and research activities from fundamental (basic) to applied research and development, equipping the ESRs with the skills and competences requested by the industry, academia and society. BC-net will extend the traditional academic research training setting for ESRs by incorporating elements of open science, innovation and entrepreneurship. Thereby providing the right combination of research related and transferable skills acquired through international, interdisciplinary and intersectional mobility combined with an innovation orientated mindset. Each ESR hosted at an academic partner will have a secondment at a nonacademic partner and vice versa. This will directly enhance the ESRs employability.


In BC-net we will establish an interdisciplinary and intersectoral ITN of 12-16 international participants for the training of 15 ESRs to become the next generation European marine ecologist in the field of BC-net. The overall aim of BC-net is to develop tools, techniques, applications and best practices to by 2030 mitigate climate change by substantially increasing the carbon stored in marine and coastal ecosystems (Blue Carbon). BC-net addresses the following 5 objectives:

1) To provide an improved understanding of the marine biogeochemistry and physical processes that govern carbon sequestration in Blue Carbon ecosystems. 2) To develop an integrated understanding of the magnitude, extent and rate of long-term carbon sequestration (loss) of Blue Carbon sediment stores.
3) To develop an integrated understanding of Blue Carbon resources and their potential to provide ecosystem services with natural, economic and social benefits.
4) To provide nature based solutions to mitigate climate change.
5) To provide a tool box that enables global observation and prediction of Blue Carbon and its interaction with global climate change.

BC-net is timely as Blue Carbon designates carbon that is fixed via ocean and coastal ecosystems, rather than traditional land ecosystems, like forests. Although the ocean’s vegetated habitats cover less than 0.5% of the seabed, they are responsible for 70% of all carbon storage in ocean sediments. Sequestering and storing "blue" carbon from the atmosphere and oceans is an essential ecosystem service that is integral for the solution to global climate change. Despite these benefits and services, coastal blue carbon ecosystems are some of the most threatened ecosystems on Earth, with an estimated loss of up to 67% in the next 100 years. Protection and restoration of coastal and marine ecosystems will be nature based solutions to decrease atmospheric carbon and consequently mitigate climate change.
Effektiv start/slut dato22/05/201815/01/2019