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The impact of biodiversity changes in coastal marine benthic ecosystems

Objective

The consequences of changes in biodiversity, natural and anthropogenic, for the functioning of coastal ecosystems are not known. To address this problem, two phenomena with regard to the (changes of) benthic biodiversity, occurring along the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Baltic coast, will be unravelled. Firstly, of two dominant benthic species, the blue edible mussel Mytilus sp. and the clam Macoma balthica, the strong north-eastward shift in distribution of several ecotypes along the European coast, and the consequences for the coastal benthic community structure, will be assessed. Secondly, the impact of low species numbers in the Baltic, in comparison to a higher diversity in the Mediterranean and Atlantic, on the production of coastal ecosystems will be studied. The resulting indicators of biodiversity and (their relation with) ecosystem functioning will be relevant to managers of environmental (coastal) quality control.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

NETHERLANDS INSTITUTE OF ECOLOGY
Address
Korringaweg 7
4400 AC Yerseke
Netherlands

Participants (9)

BALTIC SEA RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Germany
Address
15,Seestrasse 15
18119 Rostock /Warnemunde
INSTITUTE OF OCEANOLOGY POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Poland
Address
55,Powstancow Warszawy 55
81-712 Sopot
INTERNATIONAL MARINE CENTRE
Italy
Address
Localita Sa Mardini
09170 Oristano
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Netherlands
Address
Darwinweg 2
2300 RA Leiden
SOCIEDAD CULTURAL DE INVESTIGACION SUBMARINA
Spain
Address
Zemoria 12
20013 San Sebastian
STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT
Netherlands
Address
Toernooiveld 1
6500 GL Nijmegen
STOCKHOLM UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Address
Svante Arrhenius Vaeg 21 A
106 91 Stockholm
UNIVERSITE DE LA ROCHELLE
France
Address
Avenue De Lazaret
17042 La Rochelle
UNIVERSITY OF GDANSK
Poland
Address
Al. Pilsudskiego 46
81 378 Gdynia