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Mudbelts from the South and Southeast Brazil: implications about the anthropogenic influence on the marine environment

Grant number: 15/17763-2
Support type:Research Projects - Thematic Grants
Duration: August 01, 2016 - July 31, 2021
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Oceanography
Principal Investigator:Márcia Caruso Bícego
Grantee:Márcia Caruso Bícego
Home Institution: Instituto Oceanográfico (IO). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Co-Principal Investigators:Michel Michaelovitch de Mahiques ; Rubens Cesar Lopes Figueira
Assoc. researchers:Cesar de Castro Martins ; Rafael Andre Lourenço ; Renata Hanae Nagai ; Rosalinda Carmela Montone ; Silvia Helena de Mello e Sousa
Associated grant(s):16/18348-1 - Multi-User Equipment approved in grant 2015/17763-2: triple quadrupole gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GC/MS/MS), AP.EMU
Associated scholarship(s):19/15252-1 - Composition, origin and evolution of the terrigenous organic matter in the South Continental margin of Brazil along Holocene: use of molecular markers and 13C in specific organic compounds in high resolution sediment cores, BP.DR
19/07093-0 - South Brazilian mudbelts geochemical characterization by analysis of marine sediments using X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES), BP.IC
18/13618-6 - Mudbelts from the South and Southeast Brazil: implications for the anthropogenic influence on the marine environment, BP.IC
+ associated scholarships 17/08987-0 - Mudbelts of the South and Southeast Brazil: a geochemical dataset to investigate anthropogenic impacts, BP.DR
17/20344-7 - Mudbelts from the South and Southeast Brazil: implications for the anthropogenic influence on the marine environment, BP.PD
17/19505-6 - Study of the origin and evolution of the moving belts of the Southern and Southeastern continental shelf of Brazil, BP.DD
17/00427-5 - Living benthic foraminifera vertical distribution at mud-belts in the southwestern margin of the South Atlantic Ocean: faunal response to redox condition and organic matter input, BP.PD - associated scholarships


Mudbelts are elongated sediment deposits, which have bathymetric expression, three-dimensional shapes and sedimentological characteristics that reflect the tectonic conditioning, the climate of the adjacent continent and the continental shelf. Continental shelves are very sensitive environments on the continent-ocean interaction; they may contain features that are limited to humans; they influence the impact of risky events for society and can be a potential target for anthropogenic materials. The project's main objective is to evaluate the potential for accumulation of anthropogenic materials on the Brazilian southern continental shelf through the study of organic compounds and metals deposited in the mudbelts. This assessment will be done through the association of sedimentological and geochemical characteristics of the sediments deposited in mudbelts in order to diagnose the input mechanisms of terrigenous material and contaminants in the study region as well as to investigate the correlation between the intensity of regional human activities and the time-space distribution along the region. From the collected data, it is expected that one can define the extent structure, continuity, geometry and depocentre of the mudbelts as well as to evaluate the potential of accumulation of terrigenous and anthropogenic materials in the marine sediments of the southwest Atlantic. (AU)

Scientific publications
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
MALY, MASCIMILIANO; SCHATTNER, URI; JOSE LOBO, FRANCISCO; SOARES DIAS, RODOLFO JASAO; RAMOS, RAISSA BASTI; COUTO, DANIEL DE MATOS; GOMES SUMIDA, PAULO YUKIO; DE MAHIQUES, MICHEL MICHAELOVITCH. The Alpha Crucis Carbonate Ridge (ACCR): Discovery of a giant ring-shaped carbonate complex on the SW Atlantic margin. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, v. 9, DEC 10 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
RAMOS, RAISSA BASTI; DOS SANTOS, ROSANGELA FELICIO; SCHATTNER, URI; FIGUEIRA, RUBENS CESAR LOPES; BICEGO, MARCIA CARUSO; LOBO, FRANCISCO JOSE; DE MAHIQUES, MICHEL MICHAELOVITCH. Deep pockmarks as natural sediment traps: a case study from southern Santos Basin (SW Atlantic upper slope). GEO-MARINE LETTERS, NOV 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.

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