Funding of new international Antarctic projects
The National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research of Chile (CONICYT) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) of the UK, recently announced the three selected projects for the 2015 International joint research program between Chile and the United Kingdom on Environmental Change in the South of Chile and Antarctica.
The selected projects will receive 314 million Chilean pesos from Conicyt and an equivalent sum from NERC for a period of three years. Two of the projects will conduct their research in Antarctica.
The objective of these projects is to analyze the effects of climate change on benthic ecosystems of the Antarctic coast, the impact of glacier melting in the fjords and coastal ecosystems, along with the adaptation of the regional flora and its microorganisms associated to environmental change.
The efforts of both institutions to finance joint research projects will enable researchers in Chile and the UK to develop synergy in scientific projects focused on environmental issues and their impact on the flora and fauna of the south of Chile and the Antarctic continent.
The joint research program is part of Conicyt’s policy to actively participate in associative international programs and projects that allow the further development of research of excellence that is being carried out in Chile, as well as participating in international collaborative research.
The awarded projects are:
- “PISCES: Patagonian ice field shrinkage impacts on coastal and fjord ecosystems” by Verena Haussermann, of the Universidad Católica de Valparaiso and the University of Bristol as counterpart. This project will be awarded the amount of $ 104,187,947 Chilean pesos.
- “A multi-disciplinary approach to understand the impact of ice loss and coastal deglaciation on Antarctic benthic ecosystems,” by Antonio Brante Ramirez, of the Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción and the University of Bangor as counterpart. This project will be awarded with $ 105 million Chilean pesos.
- “Evolutionary history of Colobanthus Quitensis and its associated microorganisms: Implications for understanding present biogeographic patterns, adaptation to environmental change and interactions with glacial cycles” by Marco Molina Montenegro, of the Universidad de Talca and the British Antarctic Survey as counterpart institution. This project will be awarded with $ 104,925,000 Chilean pesos.