EURO-BASIN FactSheet EURO-BASIN is designed to advance our understanding on the variability, potential impacts, and feedbacks of global change and anthropogenic forcing on the structure, function and dynamics of the North Atlantic and associated shelf sea ecosystems as well as the key species influencing carbon sequestering and ecosystem functioning.

The project is also the European branch of the International BASIN Program and will aim to strengthen collaboration between the EU, Canada and USA to improve basin-sclae ocean research and strewardship by the bordering states.

THE CHALLENGE: The North Atlantic Ocean and its contiguous shelf seas are crucial for the ecological, economic, and societal health of both Europe and North America. The basin`s ecosystems support major fisheries, and are an important for sequestation of green house gases.

The challenge for EURO-BASIN (EUROpean Basin-scale Analysis, Synthesis & INtegration) is, in collaboration with US and Canadian partners, to better understand the basin-scale processes impacting upon these ecosystems. from natural climate change to anthropogenic pressures.

OBJECTIVES: The overarching objectives of the EURO-BASIN initiative are to understand and predict the population structure and dynamics of key plankton and fish species of the North Atlantic and shelf seas, and assess the impacts of climate variability on North Atlantic marine ecosystems and their goods and services.

The project will develop understanding and strategies that will ultimately contribute to improve and advance management of North Atlantic marine ecosystems following the ecosystem approach.

Project Details:
Call Identifier FP7-ENV-2010
Theme: Environment (including Climate Change)
Work Programme topics: ENV.2010.2.2.1-1 North Atlantic Ocean and associated shelf-seas protection and management options
Grant agreement for: Collaborative project; Large Scale Integrated Project
Project acronym:: EURO-BASIN
Project full title: EU Basin-scale Analysis, Synthesis & Integration
Proposal Number: 264933
Start Date: 31/12/2010
End Date: 31/12/2014
Duration: 48 months

Project Office & Contacts:
National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU-Aqua),
Jaegersborg Alle 1, DK-2920 Charlottenlund, Denmark

Scientific Coordinator: Michael St John


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Project Partners:

Research WorkPackages (WP) & Focus:

WP Focus Leader
WP1 Data Integration Un. Bremen
WP2 Carbon Pump NOC;CNRS-UBO
WP3 Key Species IMR;Un. Nordland
WP4 Trophic Flow HAFRO;Un.Swansea
WP5 Living Resources IFREMER; DTU
WP6 Basin-scale Modelling PML;CNRS-UBO
WP7 Bioeconomic Modelling PML;UEA;IRD
WP8 Ocean Management DTU;Un. Hamburg

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