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Is Greenland meltwater going to stop the Atlantic overturning circulation?

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Coordinator Göteborgs Universitet - Institutionen för geovetenskaper
Funding from Vinnova SEK 2 326 489
Project duration July 2015 - June 2019
Status Completed

Purpose and goal

The original aim of the project was clearly summarised by the reviewers of my Nature paper "great idea, but not enough observations". So instead, I developed new methods to increase our data coverage and combine traditional hydrographic observations with satellite remote sensing, chemical measurements, fieldwork at remote sites, and climate modelling. The other aim of this early career researcher grant was personal development, and that was achieved. I notably obtained >10 MSEK from new grants, became PI for international field expeditions, and got a tenure track position.

Expected results and effects

9 papers were the direct result of this project: - 1 on observations; - 5 on satellite remote sensing; - 3 on climate models. The results were also presented at 10 conferences. See the list of my publications and conferences on my webpage The results also led directly to three large grant applications: - to Vetenskapsrådet (funded, dnr 2018-03859, 3.6 MSEK, 4 years), which includes my first PhD student as main supervisor (recruited); - to Rymdstyrelsen (funded, dnr 164/18, 4.5 MSEK, 3 years), which includes my first postdoc (recruitment opening soon); - to KAW (decision in Sept)

Planned approach and implementation

I had to develop new methods to be able to work on the project, but that in fact led to more publications than planned. I was also "forced" to go on extra fieldwork. This really boosted my international network, led to more publications, and I even became PI for upcoming, much larger expeditions. One drawback of Incoming Grants is that the application is written without knowing the local research culture. I assumed that I would be part of a group that would help me, but instead I worked alone, all the time. This is one of the reasons why the original big aim of the project had to be downsized.

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Last updated 30 July 2019

Reference number 2015-01487

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