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Quantifying the impact of major cultural transitions on marine ecosystem functioning and biodiversity

Project description

Human cultural transitions impact on the marine ecosystem

Marine conservation strategies often rely on highly changed ecosystems where the level of human impact is ignored. The EU-funded SEACHANGE project proposes a structured and systematic method for reconstructing marine ecosystem baselines, aiming to assess the impact of anthropogenic cultural transitions on marine biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. The project aims to identify how depleted the marine environment actually is compared to a time prior to large-scale human involvement and assess the necessary measures for and rate of marine biodiversity recovery. It will study two major issues: first, the nature of long-term changes in the prehistoric period over 3 000 years in northwest Europe. Second, the loss and changes to ecosystem functioning due to fishing intensity during the last 2 000 years in the North Sea and around Iceland, Australia and the West Antarctic Peninsula.

Call for proposal

ERC-2019-SyG
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Host institution

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 3 992 969,30

Beneficiaries (6)

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 3 992 969,30
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
JOHANNES GUTENBERG-UNIVERSITAT MAINZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 2 792 484,89
Address
Saarstrasse 21
55122 Mainz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 3 061 523,18
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF YORK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 828 990,88
Address
Heslington
YO10 5DD York North Yorkshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
Australia
EU contribution
€ 35 807,50
Address
St Lucia
4072 Brisbane
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN
Norway
EU contribution
€ 39 051,25
Address
Museplassen 1
5020 Bergen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments