The EU's blue economy (i.e., all economic activities that depend on the sea) represents 5.4 million jobs and a gross added value of just under €500 billion per year. The sea and the coasts are drivers of the economy (European Commission 2012). Marine ecosystems play an essential role in the cultural, social, economic and environmental health of nearly all European coastal communities.
60 to 100 participants are expected to meet undertake foresight and horizon scanning activities to: develop a roadmap for future developments of the approach in the marine scientific community; Invited and contributed lectures; Interactive poster sessions; Discussion groups with plenary presentations; and informal working groups related to the latest trait-based approaches.
Coastal marine ecosystems are substantial contributors to the prosperity and well-being in Europe. Several gaps in our knowledge of the mechanisms regulating the direction and strength of species interactions along gradients of environmental stress limit our ability to predict if and to which extent biotic amelioration of environmental conditions can sustain species persistence in the face of climate change.
This foresight workshop will address the need for improving the spatial extent and ecological context of data linking biodiversity to ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services, with a focus on seagrass beds.
This event will bring together 20 leading European scientists to discuss the current and future research needs of the biological carbon pump, a critical mechanism in our oceans. The potential effects of changes on the biological carbon pump have possible far reaching consequences on future carbon sequestration in the oceans.
Ten stakeholders from the fishing industry and research will meet in the University de Bretagne Occidentale to investigate the type and magnitude of social transformations experienced by small-scale fisheries (SSF) and the types of predictable and unpredictable changes that are currently driving these transformations.
This foresight workshop will devise a strategy for digitising marine information to meet the needs of library users in the 21st Century. Designing new services of interest to the Marine research community could facilitate the information flow in blue growth.
The effects of environmental pressures on seagrasses on a molecular level is crucial to understanding the mechanism of declining seagrass populations. This workshop at the University of Southern Denmark will bring together experts in the fields of seagrass ecology and seagrass biology to discuss the integration of the multi ‘omics approach with biogeochemical and population ecological data. This will boost the understanding of how and when seagrasses will be affected by environmental stress.