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Hotspot ecosystem research on the margins of European seas

Objective

HERMES is designed to gain new insights into the biodiversity, structure, function and dynamics of ecosystems along Europe's deep-ocean margin. It represents the first major attempt to understand European deep-water ecosystems and their environment in an integrated way by bringing together expertise in biodiversity, geology, sedimentology, physical oceanography, microbiology and biogeochemistry, so that the generic relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning can be understood. Study sites will extend from the Arctic to the Black Sea and include open slopes, where landslides and deep-ocean circulation affect ecosystem development, and biodiversity hotspots, such as cold seeps, cold-water coral mounds, canyons and anoxic environments, where the geosphere and hydrosphere influence the biosphere through escape of fluids, presence of gas hydrates and deep-water currents. These important systems require urgent study because of their possible biological fragility, unique genetic resources, global relevance to carbon cycling and possible susceptibility to global change and man-made disturbances. Past changes, including catastrophic events, will be assessed using sediment archives. We will make estimates of the flow rates of methane from the geosphere and calculate how much is utilised by benthic communities, leaving the residual contribution to reach the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas. HERMES will enable forecasting of biodiversity change in relation to natural and man-made environmental changes by developing the first comprehensive pan-European margin Geographic Information System. This will provide a framework for integrating science, environmental modelling and socio-economic indicators in ecosystem management. The results will underpin the development of a comprehensive European Ocean and Seas Integrated Governance Policy enabling risk assessment, management, conservation and rehabilitation options for margin ecosystems.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-GLOBAL-2
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Funding Scheme

IP - Integrated Project

Coordinator

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
Address
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
Swindon Wilthsire
United Kingdom

Participants (49)

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
France
Address
155 Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau
Issy-les-moulineux
STICHTING KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS INSTITUUT VOOR ONDERZOEK DER ZEE
Netherlands
Address
Landsdiep 4
Den Hoorn Texel
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Spain
Address
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes, 585
Barcelona
HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH
Greece
Address
47Th Km Athens - Sounio Av., Mavro Lithari
Anavyssos Attiki
LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUER MEERESWISSENSCHAFTEN AN DER UNIVERSITAET KIEL
Germany
Address
Wischhofstrasse 1-3
Kiel
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
Roma
ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT FUER POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG
Germany
Address
Am Handelshafen 12
Bremerhaven
UNIVERSITETET I TROMSOE
Norway
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, GALWAY
Ireland
Address
University Road
Galway
FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN-NUERNBERG
Germany
Address
Schlossplatz 4
Erlangen
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
Gent
CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
Calle Serrano 117
Madrid
CONSORZIO NAZIONALE INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LE SCIENZE DEL MARE
Italy
Address
Via Isonzo, 32
Roma
MAX PLANCK GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.
Germany
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
Muenchen
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (CNRS)
France
Address
Rue Michel-ange 3
Paris
INSTITUTO HIDROGRAFICO
Portugal
Address
Rua Das Trinas 49
Lisboa
INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY BREMEN GMBH
Germany
Address
Campus Ring 1
Bremen
UNIVERSITAET BREMEN
Germany
Address
Bibliothekstrasse 1
Bremen
CARDIFF UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
Newport Road 30,36
Cardiff
HAVFORSKNINGSINSTITUTTET
Norway
Address
Nordnesgatten 50
Bergen
GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Address
Vasaparken
Goeteborg
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
Address
University Road, Highfield
Southampton
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI OCEANOGRAFIA E DI GEOFISICA SPERIMENTALE
Italy
Address
Borgo Grotta Gigante 42/C
Sgonico Trieste
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
Address
Edgbaston
Birmingham
KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN - KNAW
Netherlands
Address
Kloveniersburgwal 29, Het Trippenhuis
Amsterdam
UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN
United Kingdom
Address
King's College
Aberdeen
THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
United Kingdom
Address
765 Brownlow Hill, Foundation Building
Liverpool
SCOTTISH ASSOCIATION FOR MARINE SCIENCE
United Kingdom
Address
Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory
Oban
UNIVERSIDADE DE AVEIRO
Portugal
Address
Campus Universitario De Santiago
Aveiro
INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE-DEZVOLTARE PENTRU GEOLOGIE SI GEOECOLOGIE MARINA
Romania
Address
Dimitrie Onciu Street N°23-25 Sector 2
Bucuresti
INTERGOVERNMENTAL OCEANOGRAPHIC COMMISSION OF UNESCO
France
Address
1, Rue Miollis
Paris
UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS VI
France
Address
4 Place Jussieu
Paris
UNIVERSITE DE BRETAGNE OCCIDENTALE
France
Address
Rue Des Archives 3
Brest
UNIVERSITE MOHAMMED V
Morocco
Address
Avenue Ibn Battouta
Rabat
CHALLENGER OCEANIC SYSTEMS AND SERVICES
United Kingdom
Address
Meadow Vale 6
Haslemere, Surrey
VOLCANIC BASIN PETROLEUM RESEARCH AS
Norway
Address
Oslo Research Park, Gaustadalleen 21
Oslo
PRAESENTIS, S.L.
Spain
Address
Parc Tecnologic Del Valls - Centre D'empresses Tecnolgiques N 041
Cerdanyola
MEDIAN SCP
Spain
Address
Passeig Pintor Romero 8, Atico 1A
Valldoreix
MMCD MULTIMEDIA CONSULTING GMBH
Germany
Address
Schadowstr. 70
Düsseldorf
OLEX AS
Norway
Address
Pirsenteret
Trondheim
ARCHIMEDIX MÖCKL & MUNZEL (GBR)
Germany
Address
Odenwaldstrasse 197
Ober-ramstadt
PROTEUS SA
France
Address
Parc G. Besse - Allée Graham Bell, 70
Nimes
HORIBA JOBIN YVON S.A.S.
France
Address
16-18 Rue Du Canal
Longjumeau
A.O. KOVALEVSKY INSTITUTE OF BIOLOGY OF SOUTHERN SEAS - UKRANIAN NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Ukraine
Address
Prospekt Nakhimova 2
Sevastopol
P.P.SHIRSHOV INSTITUTE OF OCEANOLOGY - RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Russia
Address
Nakhimovsky Ave. 36
Moscow
ODESSA NATIONAL I.I. MECHNIKOV UNIVERSITY
Ukraine
Address
Dvoryanskaya Str., 2
Odessa
M.V. LOMONOSOV MOSCOW STATE UNIVERSITY
Russia
Address
Leninskiye Gory, 9Rd Training Building, Msu
Moscow
UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME
Kenya
Address
United Nations Avenue
Nairobi
DEU INSTITUTE OF MARINE SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY (DENIZ BILIMLERI VE TEKNOLOJISI ENSTITÜSÜ)
Turkey
Address
Haydar Aliyev Bulvari (Baku Bulvari) No. 10
Inciralti-izmir