Amid unwavering competition, VOTO´s newly appointed science coordinator, Dr. Louise Biddle, has been awarded a research grant from the Swedish Research Council.
– As a junior researcher, it means an enormous amount to be awarded an establishment grant for young researchers by the Swedish Research Council. The acknowledgement from the council that my research is interesting is equally rewarding as the funding itself, says Louise Biddle.
-We at Ocean Knowledge are mighty proud and inspired to be working alongside her with our autonomous crafts, says Ola Oskarsson, project manager at VOTO.
Dr. Biddle´s research will primarily focus on sea ice leads surrounding Antarctica, as well as its significance and impact on the top surface layer of seawater. Sea ice leads are long and narrow gaps in the sea ice, their width can vary between a few hundred meters up to an entire kilometer.
-It’s only recently that we’ve been able to detect a few of these smaller leads with the use of satellites, but also with the help of autonomous crafts that can be launched on or under sea ice, and reach remote previously inaccessible places. By taking advantage of these sources of data, I will study the importance of these gaps in the Antarctic sea ice. Do they have a significant impact on the sea below? If so, how far away are these ramifications felt? How can we try to incorporate these sea ice leads into our climate models?
These are all questions Dr. Louise Biddle will seek answers to. She and two other fellow researchers at the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Gothenburg have been awarded search grants from the Swedish Research Council. In total, they will be receiving a combined sum of SEK 10,844,000 spread over four years.
Source: University of Gothenburg