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  Seeing the water through the trees: how much water will forests of the future hold?
  Dr T Pugh, Dr J Larsen, Prof V Gauci
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Tree death in extreme droughts and heatwaves has been widely reported across all major forest biomes over the last few years (e.g.Hartmann et al., 2018; Lewis et al., 2011; Peng et al., 2011; Stovall et al., 2019), and the frequency and severity of such events is expected to increase in many regions.
  The point-of-no-return for the Amazon? New insights from high-resolution atmosphere simulations
  Dr P Hopcroft, Dr M Widmann, Dr T Pugh
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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The Amazon basin contains the world’s largest rainforest. Dubbed the ‘lungs of the Earth’, this biome sequesters vast amounts of carbon dioxide and hosts countless species of flora and fauna.
  Calling in the wilderness: the use of Passive Acoustic Monitoring in biodiversity surveys (NEWSONUBTO20ARIES)
  Dr S Newson, Dr B Milner
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND. By 2020, the BTO will be in its second year of an exciting 5-year landscape restoration program in Belarus and Ukraine – ‘Wilderness without borders.
  An interdisciplinary assessment of innovative coastal management: the Bacton-Walcott Sandscaping Scheme (TOLHURSTUENV20ARIES)
  Dr T Tolhurst, Dr I Lorenzoni, Mr R Goodliffe
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND. Rising sea levels and other effects of climate change are exacerbating coastal change internationally. Recognition of the benefits of coastal defences that work with natural processes has resulted in a shift towards ‘soft’ coastal protection.
  Do diatoms feel cold? Mechanisms of temperature sensing in temperate and polar diatoms (WHEELERUMBA20ARIES)
  Dr G Wheeler, Prof T Mock, Dr K Helliwell
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND. Diatoms are single-celled algae that are able to inhabit diverse marine environments, including habitats that experience significant fluctuations in temperature and salinity, such as estuaries.
  How can we achieve biodiversity net gain? (BONDUENV20ARIES)
  Dr A Bond, Dr A Franco
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND. We live in an era characterised by the global impact of humans on the planet. The biodiversity consequences are well known and it is critical to devise strategies to prevent further biodiversity loss and to maximise the delivery of ecosystem services.
  How does the ocean influence glacial melt in the Amundsen Sea, Antarctica? (HALLUENV20ARIES)
  Dr R Hall, Prof K Heywood
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND. The Amundsen Sea glaciers in West Antarctica are rapidly melting in response to recent climate warming and related changes in ocean circulation, increasing estimates of future sea level rise.
  Systems off-balance? Exploring the cumulative impacts of enriched coastal waters, altered nutrient ratios and a warming climate on coastal phytoplankton communities (MALINUENV20ARIES)
  Dr G Malin, Dr N Greenwood, Dr M Devlin
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND. Coastal eutrophication is a worldwide issue with negative cultural and environmental impacts and its assessment is a formal requirement of several European Directives.
  Will coupling the Met Office forecast model to an ocean model improve weather predictions in the tropics? (MATTHEWSUENV20ARIES)
  Prof A J Matthews, Dr B Webber
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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Scientific background. Numerical weather prediction (NWP) is the main tool behind weather forecasting of rainfall, temperature, winds and other meteorological variables.
  Herbivore and mycorrhizal mediation of carbon cycling in heather moorlands
  Research Group: School of Biology
  Dr S M Sait, Prof K. Field, Prof P Chapman
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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The multiple drivers of environmental change, such as climate change and pollution, have led to widespread negative impacts on ecosystem functioning and services that are critical for human well-being.
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