Title Microbiological and Ecological Responses to Global Environmental changes in polar regions (MERGE); an IPY core coordinating project
Author Naganuma, T.; Wilmotte, A.
Author Affil Naganuma, T., Hiroshima University, School of Biosphere Science, Higashi-hiroshima, Japan. Other: University of Liege, Belgium
Source MERGE, edited by H. Kanda, P. Convey, T. Naganuma, W. Vincent and A. Wilmotte. Polar Science, 3(3), p.139-146, . Publisher: Elsevier for National Institute of Polar Research, Japan, Tokyo, Japan. ISSN: 1873- 9652
Publication Date Nov. 2009
Notes In English. Based on Publisher- supplied data Ant. Acc. No: 89933. CRREL Acc. No: 65002224
Index Terms climatic change; ecology; global change; international cooperation; polar regions; Antarctica; Arctic Ocean; Arctic region; polar regions; Southern Ocean; climate change; International Polar Year 2007- 08; IPY 2007-08 Education, Outreach and Communication Publications; IPY 2007-08 Research Publications; programs
Abstract An integrated program, Microbiological and ecological responses to global environmental changes in polar regions (MERGE), was proposed in the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008 and endorsed by the IPY committee as a coordinating proposal. MERGE hosts original proposals to the IPY and facilitates their funding. MERGE selected three key questions to produce scientific achievements. Prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms in terrestrial, lacustrine, and supraglacial habitats were targeted according to diversity and biogeography; food webs and ecosystem evolution; and linkages between biological, chemical, and physical processes in the supraglacial biome. MERGE hosted 13 original and seven additional proposals, with two full proposals. It respected the priorities and achievements of the individual proposals and aimed to unify their significant results. Ideas and projects followed a bottom-up rather than a top-down approach. We intend to inform the MERGE community of the initial results and encourage ongoing collaboration. Scientists from non-polar regions have also participated and are encouraged to remain involved in MERGE. MERGE is formed by scientists from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Spain, UK, Uruguay, USA, and Vietnam, and associates from Chile, Denmark, Netherlands, and Norway.
URL http://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.polar.2009.05.001
Publication Type journal article
Record ID 304829