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Community Standards and structure of food webs in temperate and subtropical freshwater systems with different trophic states
Universities Involved: Roehampton University and Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

Partners: Foundation for Research and Innovation of the State of Santa Catarina
Description: Project approved by edict Newton Fund (RCUK-CONFAP Research Partnerships Call) partnership between UFSC to researchers at the University of Roehampton (England). The long-term goal is to compare freshwater systems in temperate and subtropical regions along a gradient of nutrient concentrations, community structure (especially the presence of cyanobacteria) and track this information over time (climate change and the effects on lakes). Surely this database that will be formed will help to understand the functioning of lakes and especially the effects of changes in climate on water quality.
Funding: Foundation for Research and Innovation of the State of Santa Catarina

Carbon Cycling in Lakes (COCLAKE)
Universities involved: Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina and University of Aarhus

This study will improve our current knowledge on carbon transformation in lakes, responds to light changes, temperature, wind, nutrient inputs and organic matter from the surrounding countryside. In addition, this study will apply high-frequency instrumentation and real-time to measure primary production and respiration in lakes. This methodology has provided a better understanding of variables related to carbon processing and the magnitude of primary production, respiration and liquid CO2 flows in lakes around the world
Financing: Higher Education Personnel Improvement Coordination

Water metabolism planktonic Realtime a Coast Subtropical Lagoa (Lagoa do Peri, Florianópolis, SC)
University involved: Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

The objective of this project is to evaluate the process of water metabolism, accurate and detailed frequency, and relate to production rates and respiration of plankton in an oligotrophic environment and dominated by cyanobacteria. We aim to relate these processes to the main environmental trophic parameters (chlorophyll, nutrients and light penetration); environmental variables of temperature, precipitation and wind; and the dynamics of composition and phytoplankton biomass in a subtropical coastal lagoon (Lagoa do Peri, Florianópolis, SC).
Funding: National Council for Scientific and Technological Development