Call for Proposals, Aufforderungsschreiben, Anlage
The approved Priority Programme makes an important contribution to the highly topical issue of the effects of global warming on tropical climate variability and coral reef ecosystems. The programme addresses societally relevant issues such as the stability of tropical reef communities and the effects of climate extremes on tropical island nations and countries. Here, the increasingly frequent occurrence of so-called coral bleaching events as well as of heatwaves, droughts and cyclones is of particular importance. The aim is to quantify climate and environmental changes in the course of current warming and in warm periods of the past. This will provide a scientific framework for effective climate-ecosystem management and the development of strategies for action.
The use of the calcareous skeletons of tropical corals as climate and environmental archives is an important element of paleoclimate and paleoenvironmental research. Building on this, the programme will apply innovative analytical methods to obtain ultra-high-resolution information, in order to gain precisely dated rates of change in monthly to weekly resolution. The combination of these analytical results with innovative statistical methods, Earth system modelling and observed ecosystem responses will lead to more reliable projections of climate and environmental variability of the tropics and coral reef ecosystems.
The strongly interdisciplinary Priority Programme will bring together the expertise of the German science community in the fields of climate, environmental and ecosystem research in a sustainable manner.