Opendata, web and dolomites


UNravelling BIvAlve Shell chemistry: Advanced Techniques for Accurate Reconstructions of Sub-annual Climate

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






 UNBIAS project word cloud

Explore the words cloud of the UNBIAS project. It provides you a very rough idea of what is the project "UNBIAS" about.

skills    global    variability    annual    decadal    sea    500    carbonate    fossil    shells    effect    rapid    reconstruct    takes    months    arctica    calibrate    opportunies    highlight    career    recording    resolution    environmental    bivalves    cross    isotope    days    powerful    edule    techniques    reconstructions    influencing    clumped    reconstructs    limited    trace    archives    record    physiological    microstructure    grown    shell    extend    teaching    expertise    specialized    sections    disentangled    north    records    accurate    multiple    fast    gain    miocene    institutes    isotopes    place    benelux    unbias    human    models    causes    warm    islandica    warming    cerastoderma    interdisciplinary    mostly    epoch    professional    monitored    ostrea    conventional    proxies    temperature    thousands    network    individual    outreach    absolute    stable    environments    contrary    first    climate    tools    sub    sedimentary    millions    me    combining    an    germany    reconstruction    bivalve    chances    complicating    data    provides    edulis   

Project "UNBIAS" data sheet

The following table provides information about the project.


Organization address
postcode: 3584 CS

contact info
title: n.a.
name: n.a.
surname: n.a.
function: n.a.
email: n.a.
telephone: n.a.
fax: n.a.

 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Total cost 175˙572 €
 EC max contribution 175˙572 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2018
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2020
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2020-04-01   to  2022-03-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT NL (UTRECHT) coordinator 175˙572.00


 Project objective

An important part of climate variability takes place at the sub-annual to decadal scale. However, climate reconstructions mostly focus on long-term trends (thousands to millions of years), while data of past, fast and short-term changes is limited. To calibrate climate models and extend our knowledge of the causes and effects of rapid climate change, archives recording higher resolution climate change are needed. Contrary to sedimentary records, bivalve shells record environmental conditions at a resolution of days to months. Conventional climate proxies in bivalve shells (stable isotopes and trace elements) depend on multiple physiological and environmental parameters, complicating the reconstruction of individual climate parameters. UNBIAS aims to develop new, more accurate tools for absolute reconstructions of climate parameters on a sub-annual scale from bivalve shells. Parameters influencing climate proxies will be disentangled by combining state-of-the-art trace element and microstructure analyses with the new powerful carbonate clumped isotope method, which reconstructs absolute temperature. These techniques are applied directly on cross sections through shells of Arctica islandica, Ostrea edulis and Cerastoderma edule. First, more accurate climate proxies will be developed by applying this interdisciplinary approach on bivalves grown in monitored North Sea environments. After development, these new proxies will first be applied to reconstruct sub-annual climate and environmental change over the past 500 years, recording human impact on North Sea environments. Finally, fossil bivalve shell records from the warm Miocene epoch highlight the effect of global warming on short-term climate variability. UNBIAS provides me with interdisciplinary skills and expertise from specialized institutes in the Benelux and Germany. It will offer me unique chances to gain experience in teaching, professional network and outreach, thus greatly enhancing my career opportunies.

Are you the coordinator (or a participant) of this project? Plaese send me more information about the "UNBIAS" project.

For instance: the website url (it has not provided by EU-opendata yet), the logo, a more detailed description of the project (in plain text as a rtf file or a word file), some pictures (as picture files, not embedded into any word file), twitter account, linkedin page, etc.

Send me an  email ( and I put them in your project's page as son as possible.

Thanks. And then put a link of this page into your project's website.

The information about "UNBIAS" are provided by the European Opendata Portal: CORDIS opendata.

More projects from the same programme (H2020-EU.1.3.2.)

MingleIFT (2020)

Multi-color and single-molecule fluorescence imaging of intraflagellar transport in the phasmid chemosensory cilia of C. Elegans

Read More  

DiMaS (2019)

Retrospective genomic analyses of shortfin Mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) using DNA from archived jaws

Read More  

FOCUSIS (2020)

Focal volume Control Using Structured Illumination Sources

Read More