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Priority Programme ,,Tropical Climate Variability and Coral Reefs - A Past to Future Perspective on Current Rates of Change at Ultra-High Resolution" (SPP 2299)
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
In May 2020, the Senate of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) established the Priority Programme "Tropical Climate Variability and Coral Reefs - A Past to Future Perspective on Current Rates of Change at Ultra-High Resolution" (SPP 2299). The programme is designed to run for six years. The present call invites proposals for the first three-year funding period.

The Priority Programme aims to enhance our current understanding of tropical marine climate variability and its impact on coral reef ecosystems in a warming world, by quantifying climatic and environmental changes during both the ongoing warming and past warm periods on timescales relevant for society. The programme aims to provide an ultra-high resolution past to future perspective on current rates of change to project how tropical marine climate variability and coral reef ecosystems will change in a warming world.

Successful proposals contribute to the overall scientific questions of the Priority Programme:
o Can we understand the interaction between global climate change and modes of tropical climate variability, and their combined impact on coral reef ecosystems and tropical societies in a warming world?
o Can we identify and understand rapid changes and transitions, their precursors, and thresholds on seasonal, interannual and decadal timescales during the current and past warm climates - in coral proxy records of climate and environment, coral reef ecosystems, and earth system model simulations?
o Can monthly climatic and environmental information extracted from coral skeletons by novel geochemical and isotopic analysis tools, combined with advanced statistical methods, earth system modelling and observed ecosystem responses quantify rates of change to project future coral reef ecosystem and tropical marine climate change?
o What are the future risks associated with the impact of increasing tropical sea surface temperature on dominant tropical climate modes, regional climate extremes, long-term precipitation trends, tropical societies and in particular, coral reef ecosystems?
The Priority Programme is organised around three major research topics in order to fuel interdisciplinary collaboration among various disciplines and to successfully address the overall scientific objectives:
o Topic A: Large-scale ocean, climate and environment reconstructions
o Topic B: Coral and reef-scale response to current environmental stress
o Topic C: Climate, reef and proxy modelling - climate and proxy advanced statistics

For details on research questions, key variables and methods of the three research topics, see the proposal to establish this Priority Programme, available from the coordinator.

To foster cooperation between research topics, Joint Projects of two to three principal investigators, which should pursue an interdisciplinary approach, are invited. Joint Projects should focus on one common goal that is crucial for the overall objectives of the programme and that can only be achieved by synergies of the proponents involved. In addition, Focus Projects with single principal investigators are invited, which concentrate on one topic or provide specific expertise or service. Focus Projects will allow in-depth study of a key topic, and provide essential baseline information for other Focus Projects and especially the Joint Projects. Independent projects from outstanding young scientists eligible for funding by the DFG are invited (temporary positions for principal investigators).

For scientific enquiries please contact the Priority Programme coordinator:
Dr. Thomas Felis
MARUM - Zentrum für Marine Umweltwissenschaften
Universität Bremen
Leobener Str. 8
28359 Bremen
phone +49 421 218-65751

Questions on the DFG proposal process can be directed to:
Programme contact:
Dr. Ismene Seeberg-Elverfeldt
phone +49 228 885-2825

Administrative contact:
Ute Bennerscheid
phone +49 228 885-2455

Further Information: