External Organisations

  • Roskilde Universitet, Denmark
  • Aarhus University, Denmark

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Plankton is the dominating life-form in the ocean. It is mainly invisible and lives in a viscous world that is not part of our sensed experience. As a consequence, important properties of life in the oceans remain poorly understood. This project seeks to further a cross-disciplinary research activity to promote an understanding of the dynamics of marine pelagic ecosystems that is based on mechanistic descriptions of the functioning of and interaction between its individuals. We will provide trait-based descriptions of the key functions of plankton, formulate their associated trade-offs, and develop trait-based models of plankton ecosystem that we will test against observations.

The core activity of the project is the development of mechanistic descriptions of key plankton traits and their trade-offs and development of trait-based models of pelagic systems. The immediate goal of the project is to achieve fundamental insights in the functioning of pelagic ecosystems but ultimately we will use the models to examine effects of environmental changes and human impact.

The project is coordinated by DTU Aqua.


  • Research area: Oceanography
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