The key questions addressed by the project are:
- What are the key characteristics of past temporal and spatial variations in fish and benthos communities and how are these related to past climate variability and fishing pressure?
- How does climate variability and change propagate through the Barents Sea ecosystem and influences species interactions?
- How can the combined effects of fisheries and climate modify the spatial distribution of plankton, benthos and fish species in the Barents Sea?
- What determines vulnerability or resilience of the Barents Sea ecosystem and how will these be affected by possible future changes in climate and fisheries regimes?
- Can we detect early warning signals and can we evaluate management strategies with regards to ecosystem resilience?
To address its objectives, the BarEcoRe project is structured in four work-packages respectively dealing with the implications of global warming and fisheries for community structure and regime shifts (WP1), trophic interactions (WP2), future distributions of fish populations (WP3), and past and future ecosystem resilience (WP4). The Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP), which includes independent experts in the relevant fields, advises and supervises the scientific activity. Project dissemination will be discussed and coordinated in association with a Stake Holder Panel (SHP), which will include representatives of relevant institutional bodies.
Scientific coordination: Benjamin Planque
Operational coordination: Maria Fossheim
WorkPackage 1, Fish and benthos communities, past changes and regime shifts: Edda Johannessen
WorkPackage 2, Climate impact on species interactions: Kathrine Michalsen
WorkPackage 3, Projection of future climate and population distribution: Benjamin Planque
WorkPackage 4, Past and Future ecosystem vulnerability and resilience, early warning signals: Raul Primicerio