Research at Bremen -> ERC Starting Grant for Research on Sea Level Changes


Marine researcher Dr. Alessio Rovere from the University of Bremen has received the ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Council. His project at the MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Sciences will receive almost 1.5 million euros in funding over five years beginning in 2019.

In climate research, the last warm period – between 128,000 and 116,000 years ago – is often used as a basis for comparison. This was the last period in the history of the earth in which the climate was warmer than in preindustrial times. The sea level as well as temperatures were higher than today; the ice sheets were smaller. How will temperatures, sea level, and the mass of ice sheets develop in the future? Researchers like Alessio Rovere believe that the answer lies in understanding the conditions of the last warm period – and their significance.

Objective: Better Understanding of Coastal Processes

“For this project, we strive to use a multidisciplinary combination of methods to study the sea level and its fluctuations as well as the extreme waves of the last warm period,” explains Alessio Rovere. He intends to invest this sum in hiring excellent early career researchers, creating a reliable global database on the latest interglacial sea levels and wave proxies, and investigating new field surfaces using advanced modelling and measurement techniques.

“The results of this project,” Alessio Rovere says with certainty, “will contribute to a better understanding of coastal processes under somewhat warmer climatic conditions. I am honored that the ERC has considered me for this prestigious award.” He also sees the ERC Starting Grant as a sign of the relevance of his work in recent years.

Since 2014, Rovere has headed the joint research group “Sea Level and Coastal Changes” at the MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Sciences of the University of Bremen and the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research. The WARMCOASTS project, which is now funded by the European Research Council, is based on the work of this group and is based at the University of Bremen. After completing his studies and earning his doctorate at the University of Genoa in Italy, Alessio Rovere moved first to the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University in the United States and then to MARUM.

Photo credit: MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen

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