Raffaele Bernardello

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The ORCAS project aims to bring new light to the biological carbon pump, the process by which atmospheric carbon dioxide is sequestered in the deep ocean in the form of sinking particles produced by plankton. The objectives of ORCAS are to:
    • validate a state-of-the-art biogeochemical model against novel high-resolution mesaurements made by drifting underwater...

The recent COP21 Paris agreement on climate ties the participating countries (Spain and the whole EU among them) to take actions to reduce anthropogenic carbon emissions in order to contain global warming within 2o C by the end of this century. This translates into the necessity to precisely estimate the compatible CO2 emissions well ahead of time to make sure targets are met. However,...

The main goal of this research project is the improvement of near-term (i.e. seasonal to decadal) predictions of Net Primary Production (NPP) in the Atlantic Ocean. NPP is the rate of production of phytoplankton biomass, the primary source of food for marine animal life and thus a fundamental environmental variable to be taken into account in fishery management strategies....