Project: Biodiversity changes - causes, consequences and management implications

BIO-C3 will investigate causes and consequences of changes in biodiversity, effects on ecosystem functioning, food web dynamics, productivity and assesses implications for environmental management and sustainable use of ecosystem goods and services. Planned biodiversity analyses will apply an integrated approach at species, genotype, population, community and ecosystem levels. Essential Baltic Sea features are low numerical species diversity, many recent immigrants, glacial relicts and simple food webs that nevertheless sustain goods and services of high economic and societal value. BIO-C3 will i) investigate genetic adaptation, eco-physiology, colonisation and role of native versus non-indigenous species, ii) advance understanding of functional links between biodiversity, external pressures and food-web interactions, and iii) improve future projections of trends in biodiversity. Biodiversity is dynamic, responding to various drivers that operate at different temporal and spatial scales. Spatio-temporal biodiversity responses will be analysed and evaluated by hindcasts and projections considering abiotic/biotic /anthropogenic drivers (climate change, eutrophication, species invasion, fisheries) and their interactions. Identified factors and processes will feed into impact assessments, guiding management policies to improve indicators of Good Environmental Status, efficacy and management of Marine Protected Areas and to conceptualise and design management evaluation frameworks.

Acronym BIO-C3 (Reference Number: call2012-107)
Duration 01/01/2014 - 30/06/2017
Project Topic Causes and consequences of changing biodiversity
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Network BONUS
Call Bonus Call 2012: Viable Ecosystem

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR) Coordinator Germany
2 Danmarks Tekniske Universitet p Denmark
3 University of Hamburg p Germany
4 Stockholm University p Sweden
5 National Marine Fisheries Research Institute p Poland
6 University of Tartu p Estonia
7 Suomen ympäristökeskus p Finland
8 Klaipeda University p Lithuania
9 DHI p Denmark
10 Gothenburg University p Sweden
11 Thünen Institute - Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries p Germany
12 Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute p Sweden
13 Abo Akademi University p Finland