Primary productivity in the paleo Humboldt Current

Master Thesis subject (30 ECTS)
Chilean coastal waters are home to one of the most productive ecosystems of the world's oceans - the Humboldt Current Upwelling Ecosystem (HCUE). The HCUE is supported by persistent, and often intense, upwelling of nutrient rich waters at the coast. The principal factors shaping the distribution and intensity of the coastal upwelling, the wind and the shape of the coastline, both have changed significantly since the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) around 20 thousand years ago. As a result, it is possible that the HCUE was quite different during the LGM. This project involves performing numerical simulations of the LGM ocean and using the results to interpret the LGM coastal fossil record.
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Reference Number: RP-47661