Foresight Workshop

Ecosystem changes associated with offshore wind farms: Bridging the gap between biogeochemical effects and its repercussions for ecosystem functioning and services

Objectives

This workshop aims to address the current poor link between OWF- environment monitoring observations and the societal relevance by introducing the field of biodiversity – ecosystem function into the ecosystem services concept. The biodiversity – ecosystem function field introduces the theory and examines the mechanistic role of biodiversity in shaping ecosystem services (Duncan et al. 2015). Organisms, through their activity (filtering, burrowing, irrigating) affect the biogeochemical processes underlying ecosystem services.

Improving the visibility of ocean data from new technologies: A case study of high frequency flow cytometry

During the last 10 years, scientists have developed collaboration around the North Sea, Channel, Baltic and Mediterranean Sea, sharing experience and knowledge on online flow cytometry measurement. The recently funded EU network of coastal observations called JERICO-NEXT aims to integrate biogeochemical and biological observations for ecological assessment. In the case of flow cytometry, the quantity of data produced as well as their different format compared to the traditional approach, makes the integration even more difficult.

Predicting the future of the ocean from signatures of the past: Using marine sediment archives to understand adaptation of marine plankton to a changing environment

Objective

The invited consortium of the workshop proposed here will bring together researchers working across a range of trophic levels, from viruses to zooplankton and even fish, within the fields of genomics and ancient DNA, resurrection ecology, evolutionary biology, biodiversity and climate modelling to set a horizon for this relatively new, but rapidly developing research area. The state of the art of the field will be reviewed, and the challenges and areas of development identified.

Autonomous Systems for Integrated Marine and Maritime Observations in Coastal areas

This workshop aims at identify present technological solutions, the limits for integration of existing platforms, and the development of new one to provide accurate, reliable and cost efficient data collection in ocean coastal regions. The specific focus will be on: coastal processes and scales of variability, to identify methods for autonomous environmental mapping. This includes physical and relevant ecological variables that can serve to industry, science and policy makers and can support the development of marine spatial planning.

Marine Holobionts - concepts and challenges

Realizing the importance of the concept of holobionts, many marine labs across Europe have started to incorporate this notion into their research projects at different levels, from targeted cultivation experiments in the laboratory via metagenomics to vast barcoding studies that describe diversity patterns in microbial (frequently bacterial) communities associated with different micro- and macro- hosts.

Modelling Ocean Plastic Litter in a Changing Climate: Challenges and Mitigations

Plastic pollution of marine ecosystems is a growing concern as the global production of plastics in 2014 was 311 million tonnes, of which between 4.8-12.7 million metric tons found their way into our oceans and seas. Modelling predicting tools to monitor this would be extremely useful to set research priorities, evaluate costeffective management scenarios and decide upon mitigation measures.

Joint JERICO-NEXT WP2-WP5 workshop

Data are products of measurements, which are sensitive to many factors such as, for example, the technique and type of technology used to make them, the way the specific instruments are prepped, the kind of reference material employed, instrument deployment configurations, not to mention seasonality and other environmental influences. The full potential of collected data can be exploited only if they are adequately characterized on the basis of the effective qualities of the underlying measurements.

MAPMAS International Workshop on Marine Pollution and Maritime Safety

Water quality and marine pollution, usually considered by policy makers and authorities mostly in relation with coastal areas, are now seen as problems of global extent exemplified by the widespread distributions of plastic and marine debris. On another context, maritime safety and efficient navigation are crucial to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Indeed, search and rescue operations at sea have dramatically increased associated to the precarious migration through seas trying to run away from wars and social conflicts, as it presently happens in the Mediterranean.