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Marine environmental status and biodiversity: from structure to functionality, delivering ecosystem services


  •  Angel Borja
    Área de Gestión Ambiental del Medio Marino, AZTI-Tecnalia
    Pasaia, Spain
  • Alice Newton
    Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Universidade do Algarve
    Faro, Portugal
    anewton@ualg.pt; an@nilu.no

Description of the session

Marine biodiversity is central to ecosystem function and ecosystem services on which human welfare depends, i.e. production of food and raw materials, pharmaceuticals, ecotourism and leisure, etc… Multiple pressures from Human activities affect the environmental quality of our seas and oceans and also marine biodiversity. Contemporary marine policies and management worldwide therefore now include the assessment of marine biodiversity and the status of the marine environment.

The proposed session will explore:

  • the assessment of marine environmental status, ocean health, and marine biodiversity;
  • the effect of multi-stressors (drivers and pressures) and the impact on ecosystem services delivery and human welfare;
  •  policy implications and how emerging knowledge can support policy responses.

Session Programme

Oral Presentations

Tuesday 24 June, 11:00-12:30 Parallel session 1 (D1.1)

Topic: Theory and Policy – Chairs: Angel Borja and Alice Newton

Time  ID Presenter Title
11:00-11:30 D1.1.O1 Borja, Angel Good Environmental Status of marine ecosystems: What is it and how do we know when we have attained it?
11:30-11:45 D1.1.O2 Heiskanen, Anna-Stiina Conceptual framework to assess the state of marine ecosystem services
11:45-12:00 D1.1.O3 Pinto, Rute (tbc) Linking biodiversity indicators, ecosystem functioning, provision of services and human well-being in estuarine systems: Application of a conceptual framework
12:00-12:15 D1.1.O4 Lotze, Heike Ecosystem effects of exploitation
12:15-12:30   All General Discussion

Tuesday 24 June, 14:00-15:30 Parallel session 2 (D1.2)

Topic: Marine Strategy Framework Directive – Chairs: Angel Borja and Alice Newton

Time  ID Presenter Title
14:00-14:30 D1.2.O1 Elliott, Mike How will climate change affect our ability to meet Good Environmental Status for marine biodiversity?
14:30-14:45 D1.2.O2 Luisetti, Tiziana The European Marine Strategy Framework Directive: barriers to its implementation
14:45-15:00 D1.2.O3 Patricio, Joana Monitoring networks currently used in European seas: Is the marine monitoring for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive fit-for-purpose?
15:00-15:15 D1.2.O4 Coll, Marta Prioritizing biodiversity and conservation-based indicators in a comparative framework to evaluate the exploitation status of marine ecosystems
15:15-15:30 D1.2.O5 Strong, James The role of biodiversity in marine ecosystem functioning and their relevance to the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, its monitoring, modelling and management

Tuesday 24 June, 16:00-17:30 Parallel session 3 (D1.3)

Topic: Tools and Assessment – Chairs: Angel Borja and Alice Newton

Time  ID Presenter Title
16:00-16:30 D1.3.O1 Heiskanen, Anna-Stiina Biodiversity indicator inventory - a catalogue software and a review of the current indicator set
16:30-16:45 D1.3.O2 Robson, Laura Developing indicators to meet European policy requirements: How to assess the health of benthic habitats?
16:45-17:00 D1.3.O3 Torn, Kaire Tool for assessing status of marine and coastal biodiversity on the example of Gulf of Riga, NE Baltic Sea.
17:00-17:15 D1.3.O4 Certain, Gregoire Integrated Biodiversity Assessment in the Barents Sea.
17:15-17:30 D1.3.O5 Gogina, Mayya Holistic approach to analyze benthic fauna communities on the whole Baltic Sea

Wednesday 25 June, 11:00-12:30 Parallel session 4 (D1.4)

Topic: Pressures and Regional studies – Chairs: Alice Newton and Angel Borj

Time  ID Presenter Title
11:00-11:30 D1.4.O1 Newton, Alice Exploring links from Eutrophication to Biodiversity: two descriptors accessing the good environmental status of the European seas
11:30-11:50 D1.4.O2 Martin, Georg Looking for measure of the status of marine biodiversity along the gradient of cumulative human pressure, case study from northern Gulf of Riga, the Baltic Sea.
11:50-12:10 D1.4.O3 Reygondeau, Gabriel Ecological Geography of the Mediterranean Sea
12:10-12:30 D1.4.O4 David, Niv Regional extinctions and invaders' domination: an ecosystem phase-shift of Levant reefs

Wednesday 25 June, 14:00-15:30 Parallel session 5 (D1.5)

Topic: Space and time – Chairs: Alice Newton and Angel Borja

Time  ID Presenter Title
14:00-14:15 D1.5.O1 Louzao, Maite Spatial overlap of key conservation areas for marine predators and human pressures in southern European waters management strategies
14:15-14:30 D1.5.O2 Herkül, Kristjan Assessing the spatial patterns of marine benthic biodiversity using remote sensing and predictive modeling
14:30-14:45 D1.5.O3 Rynearson, Tatiana Biodiversity in the plankton: are ecosystem services influenced by evolutionary mechanisms?
14:45-15:00 D1.5.O4 Cheung, William Biodiversity change in the 21st century
15:00-15:15 D1.5.O5 Chaalali, Aurélie How will climate-induced primary production changes affect the overall food-web functioning of a highly exploited ecosystem?
15:15-15:30 D1.5.O6 Lekang, Katrine High through-put molecular methods in environmental monitoring: sample preparation and analytical pipelines

Poster Presentations

Tuesday 24 June, 17:30 Poster Session 1 – Chairs: Alice Newton and Angel Borja

ID Presenter Title
D1.P1 Coll, Marta Disentangling the relative importance of environmental and human drivers on the spatial distribution of marine biodiversity in the NW Mediterranean Sea
D1.P2 Coll, Marta Trophic dynamics of the pelagic ecosystem of the NW Mediterranean Sea: new insights considering ontogeny and season
D1.P3 Chiba, Sanae Zooplankton and phytoplankton diversity, trophic link and spatial heterogeneity - a study based on the North Pacific CPR Survey