GLANAM’s Interdisciplinary Approach

The GLANAM network consists of partners from both academia and industry with strong track records of working on different areas of the North Atlantic margin and with different research foci but complimentary expertise. Students will be given training in state of the art methodologies through the overall framework of a strongly multidisciplinary approach. The network will provide an outstanding academia-industry-training opportunity for 11 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) and 4 Experienced Researchers (ERs) placing emphasis on experience-based training through multi-disciplinary research projects in geophysics, remote sensing, GIS, sedimentology, geomorphology, stratigraphy, geochemistry and numerical modelling. We envisage a legacy of strong links between partners and cooperative use of facilities and courses from this collaboration.

GLANAM brings together for the first time in a formal collaborative capacity what is arguably the leading European institutions working on the development of North Atlantic glaciated continental margins during the late Cenozoic, as well as internationally acting enterprises from the oil and gas sector. The network will build on existing fruitful collaborations between some of the network partners. For example, Durham University and GEUS have had a strong collaboration for almost a decade in understanding Holocene palaeoceanographic change in Greenland. However, GLANAM brings together all these groups in a coordinated and collaborative research and training project for the first time to synergise their expertises and resources in a multi-site training network. The overall objective is the generation of a new group of young scientists being attractive to both the public and private sector due to their bandwidth of specific and transferrable skills in the emerging area of basic and applied science of glaciated margins. Focusing on the North Atlantic margins, we believe that this coordinated approach will lead to a major advance in our understanding of glaciated margins more widely and will fundamentally strengthen European research and build capacity in this field.

The benefit of this research focus is not restricted, however, only to societies geographically situated proximally to glaciated margins; it also primes European initiatives to develop concepts for alternative energy source exploitation directed towards gas hydrates in marine sediments.

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