Beyond climate change research in the Nordic SeasInternal

COnnecting the Dots to REveal the Gaps


Activity Overview

Type: Foresight Workshop
Start Date: March 24, 2017
End Date: March 26, 2017
Venue: Drøbak Biological Station, Oslo, Norway.
Contact: Giovanni Romagnoni
E-mail: giovanni.romagnoni [at]
Funding Call: EuroMarine 2016 Call for Proposals
Total Budget: €11,633
Funds Granted: €7,500

Manager(s): Giovanni Romagnoni


The overall topic for this workshop will be to synthesise available knowledge (Objective 1), and develop a medium-term (next decade) research strategy (Objective 2) for addressing key upcoming challenges for marine ecosystems in the North Atlantic. 

The proposed workshop will enable extension beyond current climate change (CC) research, improving understanding of marine ecosystems under CC as well as the consequences for management and conservation, e.g. fisheries. Specifically, we will build upon the knowledge and interdisciplinary expertise concerning CC impacts on the Nordic marine ecosystems developed during NorMER.



Objective 1 of this workshop will focus on synthesizing available knowledge on CC research and identification of knowledge gaps in marine science and policy through the development of new, innovative interdisciplinary collaborative studies. Under the NorMER umbrella, several collaborative projects involving the key and invited participants of this workshop explored different aspects of current climate change research in marine ecosystems, with a strong interdisciplinary focus.

The main goal of objective 2 is to develop a research strategy for the next decade, outlining avenues for addressing emerging threats to marine ecosystems.


Expected Outcomes

The expected impact of this workshop rests in the improved understanding of marine systems and of strategies to deal with upcoming global challenges for sustainable use of marine resources. Given the major role that marine ecosystems play for human livelihood and coastal economies, and the vulnerability of marine ecosystems to current global changes, timely management and early action is invaluable. This workshop will promote scientific research with direct and indirect positive impacts on humans livelihoods and environmental conditions in Europe and globally, with the added value of condensing past and current research on CC and marine ecosystem through the interdisciplinary, medium-term approach for adaptation to future challenges.

In addition to the societal gains, the development of such a strategy will highlight European and Nordic research as leading global scientific effort, attracting international attention and recognition on scientific leadership of EU-funded research.

CoDReG participants

CoDReG Foresight Workshop Participants

The CoDReG workshop focused on identifying and exploring new, and upcoming challenges for marine ecosystems in the Nordic Seas. The workshop brought together 24 participants from 14 nationalities,  12 institutes and 9 countries. 7 participants joined remotely via Skype, while the others gathered for an intensive, 3-day workshop in the facilities of the Marine Biological Station in Drøbak, Oslo.

Participants developed and worked on a number of scientific papers and funding application ideas toward this goal, and envisage a continuation strategy for our research.

Some important, new avenues for research were highlighted, by comparing the research priorities currently rising in different European countries, paving the way for expanding these fields across all Northern European seas. Critical research gaps in climate change research were also identified.

After this workshop, a number of research priorities emerged and will be tackled through scientific papers and by developing collaborative research proposals.

The workshop was organised by NorMER Early Career Researchers, and attracted many young scientists at different stage of their career: from freshly starting PhD students to researchers at their second postdoc position, and only a couple of more advanced researcher. The informal atmosphere allowed intensive collaboration and efficient communication. Through this workshop, the more experienced ECR provided a platform for “mentoring” younger PhD students, sharing our experience and crafting a new generation of enthusiastic marine researchers.