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This spring iClimate have granted a total of 213.473 d.kr to excellent climate research carried out by iClimate members

This spring iClimate received 18 applications from iClimate members adding up to a total of 573.000 d.kr. Based on economic contribution from the departments, research group, individual researcher and the relevance of the project, the iClimate core group have decided to support eight projects. You can read more about the successful projects below.

Grant recipient: Frank Akowuge Dugasseh

Amount: 15.000kr

Title: Forest Carbon Funds and their influence on Climate Change Efforts in Ghana - Support 3 months data collection

Resume: The iClimate OH funding will support 3 months of field level data collection, tentatively set for September, 2021 for the research topic. Expenses will cover return ticket from Denmark to Ghana, internal travels, accommodation and training of research assistants.


Grant recipient: Eva Lisa Doting

Amount: 30.000kr

Title: Analytical method development

Resume: The iClimate OH fund 2021 will help cover costs for setting up a nano-LC Orbitrap MS workflow to elucidate the lipidomic fingerprint of microbial communities darkening the bare ice surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet. This will be a first step towards trying to identify an algal molecular signature that may be traced in downstream marine sediment cores to help reconstruct the spatial extend of GrIS darkening blooms beyond the satellite era


Grant recipient: Diego Grados Bedoya

Amount: 26.543kr

Title: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from Danish agricultural soils: a regional modeling approach

Resume: During the research stay at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, I will cooperate with the LandscapeDNDC model developers to be implemented at regional scale for Danish agroecosystems. The modeling process will allow to assess the potential tradeoffs between greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural soils and crop production.


Grant recipient: Søren O Petersen

Amount: 36.000kr

Title: Predicting N2O emissions from soil: Experimental studies of organic hotspots (FTP, 2020-2023)

Resume: In a laboratory incubation study, soil nitrate was enriched with 15N to trace sources of nitrous oxide emitted from soil amended with manure. The funding will cover a part of the cost to determine the enrichment of nitrate during incubation at high spatial resolution, thereby improving estimates of the contributions from nitrification and denitrification.



Grant recipient: Daniel Charles Thomas

Amount: 30.000kr

Title: Support a drone pilot for Arctic atmospheric research

Resume: In summer of 2021, we will be flying a drone at Villum Research Station in northeastern Greenland equipped with instruments to measure atmospheric physical properties. Specifically, vertical profiles of particle number and black carbon concentration will be measured to understand the sources and transport of anthropogenic pollution, and its potential contribution to climate change.


Grant recipient: Bernadette Rosati

Amount: 28.000kr

Title: Application for financial support to repair a MCPC at the manufacturer

Resume: The OH fund will allow us to repair an important part of the hygroscopicity tandem differential mobility analyzer. This instrument is used to study the aerosol particle water uptake, which is imperative to understand the interactions between solar radiation and aerosol particles as well as the ability of particles to build cloud droplets. This information is crucial to further validate the impact of aerosols on climate. We will employ the instruments in laboratory studies at AU to investigate in particular marine and organic particles.



Grant recipient: Henrik Skov

Amount: 30.885kr

Title: 9 months measurements of physical properties (CPC) of aerosols at Villum Research Station in North East Greenland.

Resume: Aerosols in the atmosphere are important direct and indirect climate forcers that are connected with the largest uncertainty as contributors to climate forcing (IPCC 2013). At Villum Research Station, we typically measure the particle number size distribution in the submicrometer size range with a Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer spectrometer (SMPS) and supermicrometer size range with an Optical Particle Sizer (OPS), light scattering coefficient using a nephelometer of Arctic aerosols and aerosol absorption  by a aethalometer,  simultaneously. In the current project, we will run a Condensation Particle Counter (CPC) the rest of the year (1st April 2021 to 31st December 2021) to obtain the total particle number concentration that supports the data interpretation of our more complex instruments. Thus, the CPC improve our knowledge for scientific advising as it gives crucial information on the presence and fate of SLCFs in the Arctic


Grant recipient: Laura Halbach

Amount: 18.045kr

Title: Manuscript submission entitled “Spatio-temporal variability in glacial algae abundance, productivity and pigmentation

Resume: I am very happy to have received the iClimate overhead grant, which I plan to use for covering the submission and publication fees for my first manuscript, which is currently in preparation. The manuscript is the result of an interdisciplinary effort and will improve our mechanistic understanding on the Algae-Pigment-Albedo-Ice Melt feedback dynamism. It will be my first main-author publication within my PhD.

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