The main objectives of this project are as follows:
* To identify spatio-temporal scales over which environmental forcing can be detected using remotely sensed and field data derived from a variety of sources.
* To identify biophysical habitats along the Guinean continental shelf critical to marine fisheries and biodiversity.
* To generate testable hypotheses regarding causal relationships between environmental forcing factors and interannual variability in ecosystem behaviour, using output from coupled models and observational records.
* To implement BDRM and FIAS with a Gulf of Guinea focus in research institutes in Ghana and selected centres in the region.
* To establish an information network for researchers in European member states and in the Gulf of Guinea region.
The work to be undertaken in this project will enable the assessment of the impacts of upwelling and other forms of environmental forcing on marine biodiversity and the dynamics of artisanal and industrial fisheries. An information and analysis system for the sustainable management and governance of fisheries resources (FIAS) will be developed and implemented thereby applying the knowledge acquired to real world problems.
The key activities envisaged are:
* Identification of environmental data sources, collation and analysis of such data.
* Identification of fish species assemblages.
* Identification of models and hypothesis.
* Establishment of links between fish assemblages, biomass changes and inter-annual variability.
* Development of BDRM and running of BDRM training workshops.
* Creation of information network for participants.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
PA34 4AD Oban Argyll