Building scenarios for marine ecosystems under anthropogenic and natural forcings (EurOceans Consortium) (38779)

Project Details


The aim of the EUR-OCEANS Consortium was to favor joint initiatives between key Research Performing Organizations (RPOs) and Research Funding Organizations (RFOs) across Europe, to help the community make significant jumps in marine sciences during the next decades. This was implemented by organizing and sponsoring activities with a clear focus on relevant marine science “hot topics” leading to wider European (FP8, JPI) projects. These activities included Gordon-like conferences, flagship programs, foresight workshops and public outreach. The focus of the Consortium was on the impact of climate/global change on marine ecosystems, and the construction of scenarios relevant to the emerging International Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (ipBes).

A number of activities were funded in EUROCEANS with major impacts in term of new scientific publications, international training networks and other EU and Nationally funded projects. The EUROCEANS Consortium merged with similar initiatives in other marine research fields (i.e., MARBEF+ and Marine Genomics) to establish first a Consortium for a Collective Support Action under the FP7 program (called EUROMARINE) and then the integrated European Marine Network : EUROMARINE covering research topics from genes to ecosystems under changing oceans.

The Consortium had over 25 European universities and research institutions covering all of Europe and a broad spectrum of marine ecology disciplines.

The project was coordinated by Institut de Recherche pour le Dévelopment, France. The project was self-funded.

Research area: Oceanography
Effective start/end date01/01/200931/12/2012