Project: Invasive seaweeds in rising temperatures: impacts and risk assessments

Introduced seaweeds represent one of the largest groups of marine aliens in Europe, and constitute between 20 and 29 % of all alien marine species. Seaweeds are major primary producers in coastal areas, and are extremely important for coastal ecosystems by supporting high biodiversity through structuring complex habitats for associated species. Large-scale substitution of dominant native seaweeds with alien species will consequently alter coastal productivity and food web structure, and therefore impact ecosystem services. The project aims to assess present and future impacts of invasive alien seaweeds on the North-Atlantic coastal biodiversity, by using a combination of modeling, field studies, ecological experiments, biochemical and molecular work. The project aims specifically at predicting the effects of alien seaweeds under climate variability and rising sea surface temperatures in the NorthAtlantic.

Duration 01/03/2013 - 29/02/2016
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Network SEAS ERA
Call SEAS-ERA Joint Call in the Atlantic and Mediterranean regions – 2012

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
University of Algarve Portugal
Institute for Marine Research Norway
Marine Research Institute Iceland
Ghent University Belgium
Centre of Marine Sciences Portugal
National Centre for Scientific Research France
University of Bergen Coordinator Norway