Data workshop, 7 October 2010, Bergen:
The aim of the data workshop was to start the operational stage of the Barecore project. Therefore, discussions were mainly focused on 4 topics:
- identify key data requirements for each workpackage,
- present available data, identify people/teams that had knowledge on data quality, database structure and data extraction,
- communicate a time schedule concerning when new data or new data management systems will be available to the BarEcoRe community,
- identify potential issues related to data quality, transfer and property rights within IMR & UiT.
The workshop was successful in identifying the key data sources that will be used throughout the BarEcoRe project.
Data analysis workshop, 22-24 March 2011, Tromsø:
The aim of the Data Analysis workshop was to promote rapid progress in the analysis of fish community in the Barents Sea.The workshop provided an arena for a collective effort on the data analysis and on their ecological interpretation, and for the synthesis of results within the context of BarEcoRe’s main objectives. The available data were extracted from “ecosystem survey” (fish and benthos), the “shrimp survey” and the “winter survey” (fish). During the workshop, the working time was shared between plenary sessions, when all participants discussed objectives, data, analyses and ecological interpretation of results, and working group sessions when each groups focused on a specific ecological question. The main output of the workshop concerned species associations in the Barents Sea, the correspondence between benthic and fish communities geographical distributions, an analysis of species abundance distributions (SADs) and the first estimates of fish functional diversity for the Barents Sea.
Food-web topology workshop, 8-9 June 2011, Tromsø-Bergen:
The objective of the food web topology workshop was to establish a comprehensive topology of trophic interactions, from zooplankton to top predators (birds and mammals) for the Barents Sea. The topology describes which species are trophically linked to each other, and in which direction (i.e. who is the prey and who is the predator) but does not include information of the strength of the trophic relationships. The workshop grouped scientists with expertise in all the following animal groups: meso-zooplankton, benthos, fish, birds and mammals. The work concentrated on establishing the criterias for including (tropho-)species in the topology and the criteria and ranking for the trophic links. A full list of species was established and the matrix of trophic links is under construction (as of September 2011). The workshop benefited from the participation of Antonio Bodini and Cecilie Hansen who's established topologies for the Barents Sea have been used as starting points.
Annual Meeting, 4-7 October 2011, Herdla:
More to come soon