UPDATE: This foresight workshop has been rescheduled for 3-5 May 2021.
The MODIV foresight workshop held a virtual workshop on 19, 21 and 25-27 August, 2020. The organisers are currently assessing whether there will be an in-person workshop sometime in 2022, with a decision expected in September or October 2021.
Due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, the organisers of this workshop have decided to postpone it until Spring 2022. The dates listed above are tentative and will be updated once confirmed.
Due to Covid-19, the organisers have decided to postpone this event to a later date. They are currently assessing options for suitable dates in either the second half of 2020 or else next year. This activity will be updated with the finalised date once it has been decided.
Due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19 and the array of restrictions imposed across Europe, the organisers have decided to postpone the in-person portion of the EFIMBA FWS until a date as yet to be determined. The date listed above is a placeholder, the exact date will be announced once it has been decided.
ECoMeS had been specifically designed to follow after the International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS 2020) . Due to Covid-19 and the resultant postponement of ICRS 2020, this Euromarine-funded foresight workshop has also been postponed until 6-9 September 2021. The organisers are hopeful that this will still be an in-person event.
The biological uptake of carbon by marine plankton plays a central role in the regulation of Earth's climate, and supports fisheries providing essential nutrition to more than half the world's population. Ongoing changes in global climate are likely to put pressure on both these aspects of ecosystem function, with many developing countries particularly vulnerable.
While researchers have recently explored the environmental effects of important seaweed monocultures and the use of seaweeds in integrated marine aquaculture on a local scale, there is still much uncertainty about the broader consequences for marine biodiversity and biogeochemical cycles. Important biogeochemical parameters in seaweed aquaculture modeling studies, such as oxygen, are still missing. The balance between nutrient uptake and farm yield – as well as maximum yield of desired constituents and seaweed mortality – is sensitive.
Biodiversity protection is now recognized as a planetary challenge. Mediterranean marine benthic communities, such as biogenic reefs, are one of the most threatened habitats owing primarily to human disturbances. As these systems come under increasing human pressures, the need for spatial and temporal monitoring of the species composition of these threatened communities becomes paramount.
Seagrasses are declining at alarming rates due to climate change and human activities near the coasts, with the risk of experiencing abrupt and irreversible collapses. It is estimated that present rates of seagrass loss could result in the release of up to 299Tg carbon per year, eventually shifting from sinks to sources of carbon.