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Geochemistry and Ecology of the Namibian Upwelling System

Abstract: GENUS aims to clarify relationships between climate change, biogeochemical cycles, and ecosystem structure in the large marine ecosystem of the northern Benguela/SW Africa. The coastal upwelling system has high seasonal and interannual variability in atmospheric forcing, in properties of water masses on the shelf offshore the Republic of Namibia, and in oxygen supply and demand on the shelf. In ... View entire text

Purpose: Project tasks, which are designed to build on and develop regional scientific capacity, are empirical and theoretical studies into processes and rates of ocean circulation, biogeochemical cycling of nutrient elements between water column, biota and sediments, and trophic interactions and energy flows. GENUS will employ a hierarchy of numerical models from regional climate, ocean circulation, ecosystems, and energy flows to develop scenarios of possible future developments of the coastal upwelling ecosystem to gauge how the interplay of changing physical drivers and continued exploitation will affect essential ecosystem goods and services.
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1970-01-01
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Leibniz Institute Baltic Sea Research Institute, Warnemuende , Germany Supplemental Info
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Data Center Personnel
Phone: +49 381 5197 148
Fax: +49 381 5197 440
Email: anja.eggert at
Contact Address:
Leibniz-Institut für Ostseeforschung Seestrasse 15
City: Rostock
Postal Code: 18119
Country: Germany
Phone: +49 40 42838 4992
Fax: +49 40 42838 6347
Email: Kay.emeis at
Contact Address:
IfBM, University of Hamburg Bundesstrasse 55
City: Hamburg
Postal Code: 20146
Country: Germany
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2011-05-12
Last DIF Revision Date: 2018-07-30

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