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Biogeochemical and ecosystem interactions with socio-economic activity in the global ocean

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Project "BIGSEA" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙600˙000 €
 EC max contribution 1˙600˙000 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-07-01   to  2021-06-30


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 Project objective

The global marine ecosystem is being deeply altered by human activity. On the one hand, rising concentrations of atmospheric greenhouse gases are changing the physical and chemical state of the ocean, exerting pressure from the bottom up. Meanwhile, the global fishery has provided large economic benefits, but in so doing has restructured ecosystems by removing most of the large animal biomass, a major top-down change. Although there has been a tremendous amount of research into isolated aspects of these impacts, the development of a holistic understanding of the full interactions between physics, chemistry, ecology and economic activity might appear impossible, given the myriad complexities. This proposal lays out a strategy to assemble a team of trans-disciplinary expertise, that will develop a unified, data-constrained, grid-based modeling framework to represent the most important interactions of the global human-ocean system. Building this framework requires solving a series of fundamental problems that currently hinder the development of the full model. If these problems can be solved, the resulting model will reveal novel emergent properties and open the doors to a range of previously unexplored questions of high impact across a range of disciplines. Key questions include the ways in which animals interact with oxygen minimum zones with implications for fisheries, the impacts fish harvesting may have on nutrient recycling, spatio-temporal interactions between managed and unmanaged fisheries, and fundamental questions about the relationships between fish price, fishing cost, and multiple markets in a changing world. Just as the first coupled ocean-atmosphere models revealed a wealth of new behaviours, the coupled human-ocean model proposed here has the potential to launch multiple new fields of enquiry. It is hoped that the novel approach will contribute to a paradigm shift that treats human activity as one component within the framework of the Earth System.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Andrea Bryndum-Buchholz, Derek P. Tittensor, Julia L. Blanchard, William W. L. Cheung, Marta Coll, Eric D. Galbraith, Simon Jennings, Olivier Maury, Heike K. Lotze
Twenty-first-century climate change impacts on marine animal biomass and ecosystem structure across ocean basins
published pages: 459-472, ISSN: 1354-1013, DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14512
Global Change Biology 25/2 2020-01-28
2019 Jérôme Guiet, Eric Galbraith, David Kroodsma, Boris Worm
Seasonal variability in global industrial fishing effort
published pages: e0216819, ISSN: 1932-6203, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0216819
PLOS ONE 14/5 2020-01-28
2019 Heike K. Lotze, Derek P. Tittensor, Andrea Bryndum-Buchholz, Tyler D. Eddy, William W. L. Cheung, Eric D. Galbraith, Manuel Barange, Nicolas Barrier, Daniele Bianchi, Julia L. Blanchard, Laurent Bopp, Matthias Büchner, Catherine M. Bulman, David A. Carozza, Villy Christensen, Marta Coll, John P. Dunne, Elizabeth A. Fulton, Simon Jennings, Miranda C. Jones, Steve Mackinson, Olivier Maury, Susa Nii
Global ensemble projections reveal trophic amplification of ocean biomass declines with climate change
published pages: 12907-12912, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1900194116
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116/26 2020-01-28
2019 Ryan F. Heneghan, Ian A. Hatton, Eric D. Galbraith
Climate change impacts on marine ecosystems through the lens of the size spectrum
published pages: 233-243, ISSN: 2397-8554, DOI: 10.1042/ETLS20190042
Emerging Topics in Life Sciences 3/2 2020-01-28
2019 Christopher Barrington-Leigh, Eric Galbraith
Feasible future global scenarios for human life evaluations
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-08002-2
Nature Communications 10/1 2020-01-28
2018 Lucas Kavanagh, Eric Galbraith
Links between fish abundance and ocean biogeochemistry as recorded in marine sediments
published pages: e0199420, ISSN: 1932-6203, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0199420
PLOS ONE 13/8 2020-01-28
2018 Derek P. Tittensor, Tyler D. Eddy, Heike K. Lotze, Eric D. Galbraith, William Cheung, Manuel Barange, Julia L. Blanchard, Laurent Bopp, Andrea Bryndum-Buchholz, Matthias Büchner, Catherine Bulman, David A. Carozza, Villy Christensen, Marta Coll, John P. Dunne, Jose A. Fernandes, Elizabeth A. Fulton, Alistair J. Hobday, Veronika Huber, Simon Jennings, Miranda Jones, Patrick Lehodey, Jason S. Link, Steve Mackinson, Olivier Maury, Susa Niiranen, Ricardo Oliveros-Ramos, Tilla Roy, Jacob Schewe, Yunne-Jai Shin, Tiago Silva, Charles A. Stock, Jeroen Steenbeek, Philip J. Underwood, Jan Volkholz, James R. Watson, Nicola D. Walker
A protocol for the intercomparison of marine fishery and ecosystem models: Fish-MIP v1.0
published pages: 1421-1442, ISSN: 1991-9603, DOI: 10.5194/gmd-11-1421-2018
Geoscientific Model Development 11/4 2020-01-28
2019 David A. Carozza, Daniele Bianchi, Eric D. Galbraith
Metabolic impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems: Implications for fish communities and fisheries
published pages: 158-169, ISSN: 1466-822X, DOI: 10.1111/geb.12832
Global Ecology and Biogeography 28/2 2020-01-28
2018 Mariona Claret, Eric D. Galbraith, Jaime B. Palter, Daniele Bianchi, Katja Fennel, Denis Gilbert, John P. Dunne
Rapid coastal deoxygenation due to ocean circulation shift in the northwest Atlantic
published pages: 868-872, ISSN: 1758-678X, DOI: 10.1038/s41558-018-0263-1
Nature Climate Change 8/10 2020-01-28
2017 David A. Carozza, Daniele Bianchi, Eric D. Galbraith
Formulation, General Features and Global Calibration of a Bioenergetically-Constrained Fishery Model
published pages: e0169763, ISSN: 1932-6203, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0169763
PLOS ONE 12/1 2020-01-28
2017 E. D. Galbraith, D. A. Carozza, D. Bianchi
A coupled human-Earth model perspective on long-term trends in the global marine fishery
published pages: 14884, ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms14884
Nature Communications 8 2020-01-28

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