Working group

Forecasting and responding to ecological, social and economic impacts of environmental effects on European species

Topic

To predict future changes in species distributions, novel combinations of modelling, field and laboratory data are required to produce forecasts at spatio-temporal scales relevant to individual organisms, but across large spatial scales required for predicting biogeographic shifts and vulnerability hotspots. This technology is not currently openly available to researchers within the EuroMarine Network or wider European marine research community.

Environmental Controls of marine N2 fixation: Present Knowledge and Future Challenges

This working group will bring together 45 experts working on marine N2 fixation in a coordinated effort to improve understanding of the distribution and functioning of marine N2 fixers in the world ocean. The objective of the working group is to synthesise the current state of knowledge on the environmental controls of marine N2 fixation, and establish a consensus on current concepts and best practices in experimental, microbial and modelling research on marine N2 fixation.

Management of bioinvasions in the Mediterranean - the way forward

This working group will provide advice for the management of one of the main environmental stressors in European Seas, in particular the Mediterranean Sea, in response to the increasing threat of biological invasions on the Mediterranean biodiversity and the need for a pan-Mediterranean co-ordinated bioinvasion management. The objective of the workshop is to identify management issues and suggest practicable actions to be considered for Mediterranean-wide coordinated bioinvasion management.

Sensitive ecological traits to climate variability and fishing impact across European Atlantic and Mediterranean systems, embracing processes at population, community and ecosystem level

This working group will bring together 30 early career scientists, PhD students, post-docs and senior scientists to undertake comparative analyses between European Atlantic and Mediterranean marine ecosystems to move towards an Ecosystem-Based Approach to Fisheries Management (EBFM). Scientific questions from population through community to ecosystem level will be investigated, applying a comparative platform of research in the Atlantic and Mediterranean area.