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European Union Basin-scale Analysis, Synthesis and Integration (EURO-BASIN)

Objective

EURO-BASIN is designed to advance our understanding on the variability, potential impacts, and feedbacks of global change and anthropogenic forcing on the structure, function and dynamics of the North Atlantic and associated shelf sea ecosystems as well as the key species influencing carbon sequestering and ecosystem functioning. The ultimate goal of the program is to further our capacity to manage these systems in a sustainable manner following the ecosystem approach. Given the scope and the international significance, EURO-BASIN is part of a multidisciplinary international effort linked with similar activities in the US and Canada. EURO-BASIN focuses on a number of key groups characterizing food web types, e.g. diatoms versus microbial loop players; key species copepods of the genus Calanus; pelagic fish, herring (Clupea harengus), mackerel (Scomber scombrus), blue whiting (Micromesistius poutassou) which represent some of the largest fish stocks on the planet; piscivorous pelagic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) and albacore (Thunnus alalunga) all of which serve to structure the ecosystem and thereby influence the flux of carbon from the euphotic zone via the biological carbon pump. In order to establish relationships between these key players, the project identifies and accesses relevant international databases and develops methods to integrate long term observations. These data will be used to perform retrospective analyses on ecosystem and key species/group dynamics, which are augmented by new data from laboratory experiments, mesocosm studies and field programs. These activities serve to advance modelling and predictive capacities based on an ensemble approach where modelling approaches such as size spectrum; mass balance; coupled NPZD; fisheries; and “end to end” models and as well as ecosystem indicators are combined to develop understanding of the past, present and future dynamics of North Atlantic and shelf sea ecosystems and their living marine resources.

Coordinator

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Address

Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby

Denmark

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 481 524

Administrative Contact

Ivo Grigorov (Dr.)

Participants (23)

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UNIVERSITAET BREMEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 280 080

UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 383 508

FUNDACION AZTI - AZTI FUNDAZIOA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 249 445

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 601 599

HAFRANNSOKNASTOFNUNIN

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 300 001

MORSKI INSTYTUT RYBACKI - PANSTWOWY INSTYTUT BADAWCZY

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 99 872

PLYMOUTH MARINE LABORATORY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 393 978

UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 143 000

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 79 960

HAVFORSKNINGSINSTITUTTET

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 550 000

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER

France

EU Contribution

€ 213 998

SIR ALISTER HARDY FOUNDATION FOR OCEAN SCIENCE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 130 132

INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT

France

EU Contribution

€ 197 820

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 430 479

UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 249 861

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 97 070

NORD UNIVERSITET

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 275 000

UNI RESEARCH AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 275 000

INSTITUTO ESPANOL DE OCEANOGRAFIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 100 000

COLLECTE LOCALISATION SATELLITES

France

EU Contribution

€ 200 000

SWANSEA UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 109 977

MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 125 000

UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS 6

France

EU Contribution

€ 29 103

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 264933

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    31 December 2010

  • End date

    30 December 2014

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 9 652 000,74

  • EU contribution

    € 6 996 407

Coordinated by:

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark