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Ocean Food-web Patrol – Climate Effects: Reducing Targeted Uncertainties with an Interactive Network

Ocean Food-web Patrol – Climate Effects: Reducing Targeted Uncertainties with an Interactive Network

Objective

The marine food web is at the centre of both the climate-related CO2 cycle and food production in the marine environment. It plays a key role in regulating the climate system and is highly sensitive to climate change and other stressors. OCEAN-CERTAIN will investigate the impact of climatic and non climatic stressors on the food web and the connected biological pump , and the important feedback mechanisms. OCEAN-CERTAIN will identify and quantify multi-stressor impacts and feedbacks and how these alter the functionality and structure of the food web and efficiency of the biological pump in different bio-geographical regions. This will be done by utilizing existing ecosystem models employing existing data, in addition to mesocosm, lab-scale experiments and field study. . The resulting knowledge will then be used to assess socio-economic vulnerabilities and adaptive capacity by using indicators of food-web functions as responses to particular changes by way of stressor combinations. OCEAN-CERTAIN will then address socio-economic policy and management issues by using highly interactive participatory stakeholder workshops to create models of user group resilience and adaptability. These will show how potential climate-driven physical, chemical and biological changes may affect relevant economic activities and human welfare and help to identify adaptation pathways. This information and knowledge will reduce of epistemic uncertainty and help policy makers chose among management options, which in turn will be treated as additional feedbacks to the food web. The stressors, key feedback mechanisms and indicators, form the basis for the design of an integrated Decision Support System (DSS).

Coordinator

NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU

Address

Hogskoleringen 1
7491 Trondheim

Norway

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 2 091 604,40

Administrative Contact

Stefan De Graaf (Dr.)

Participants (10)

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UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 1 081 386

HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM FUR OZEANFORSCHUNG KIEL

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 027 440

VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 798 840

DOKUZ EYLUL UNIVERSITESI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 559 710,25

GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 275 975,60

GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY

Australia

Universidad Austral de Chile

Chile

EU Contribution

€ 226 110

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 258 132,50

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 645 765,25

UNIVERSIDAD DE TALCA

Chile

EU Contribution

€ 124 050

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 603773

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2013

  • End date

    31 October 2017

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 9 318 048,20

  • EU contribution

    € 7 089 014

Coordinated by:

NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU

Norway