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European Network of Excellence for Ocean Ecosystems Analysis
www.eur-oceans.eu

More:  Institutes 
Reference no: FP6 - 511106
Acronym: EUR-OCEANS
Period: January 2005 till December 2008
Status: Completed

Institutes (9)  Top 
  • Hellenic Centre for Marine Research; Institute of Oceanography, more, partner
  • France Innovation Scientifique et Transfert (FIST), more, partner
  • The National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), more, partner
  • Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), more, partner
  • Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER), more, partner
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), more, partner
  • Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), more, partner
  • Université de Liège (ULG), more, partner
  • Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), more, partner

Abstract:
"EUR-OCEANS is a Network of Excellence co-funded under the European Commission’s 6 th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP6).
Networking towards lasting integration. The overall networking objective of EUR-OCEANS is to achieve lasting integration of European research organisations on global change and pelagic marine ecosystems and the relevant scientific disciplines. Presently, the 160 EUR-OCEANS Principal Investigators are scattered in 66 Member Organisations, located in 25 countries. The PIs belong to three research communities, which have traditionally often worked independently on: pelagic ecosystems, biogeochemistry and ecosystem approach to marine resources.
The initial integration within EUR-OCEANS will consist in bringing together research organisations and excellent researchers, through the Joint Programme of Activities of the 4-year EUR-OCEANS Network (2005-2008).

The overall scientific objective of EUR-OCEANS is to develop models for assessing and forecasting the impacts of climate and anthropogenic forcing on food-web dynamics (structure, functioning, diversity and stability) of pelagic ecosystems in the open ocean.
To reach this goal, EUR-OCEANS will favour the progressive integration of research programmes and facilities of major research institutes in Europe. The Joint Programme of Activities of EUR-OCEANS comprises:

  1. Integrating activities on: networking, data, and model integration;
  2. Jointly executed research, organised around four broad modelling tasks (together with observations and experiments) on:

    1. pelagic ecosystems end-to-end,
    2. biogeochemistry,
    3. ecosystem approach to marine resources and
    4. within-system integration;

  3. Activities to spread excellence, targeted at three different groups:

    1. Researchers: training and education ;
    2. Socio-economic users of the knowledge resulting from the Network's research activities (these include the community of climate modellers involved in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the marine resources management community);
    3. European public: public outreach through the Association of Aquaria for EUR-OCEANS public outreach, which is a Member Organisation of the EUR-OCEANS Network.

  4. Management Activities.

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