Towards the Sustainable Development of the Atlantic Ocean: Mapping and Assessing the present and future status of Atlantic marine ecosystems under the influence of climate change and exploitation (MISSION ATLANTIC) (39797)

Project Details


How do drivers of change (climate, acidification and societal development) and other pressures (exploitation and pollution) impact the state and resilience of the Atlantic Ocean ecosystems? How do they alter the distribution and sustainability of services provided to humans? To answer these questions, the EU-funded MISSION ATLANTIC project will bring together scientists, managers and stakeholders from Brazil, South Africa, North America and the EU. Applying the Atlantic Integrated Ecosystem Assessments (IEAs), which are developed at basin and regional scales, the project will identify ecosystem components most at risk from natural hazards and the consequences of human activities. To support these assessments, the project will map, model and assess Atlantic Ocean ecosystems, including their resilience and response to cumulative pressures.

National Institute of Aquatic Resources, DTU Aqua (coordinator)
University of Hamburg, Germany
AZTI, Spain
Institute of Marine Research, Norway
Marine Biological Association, UK
Flanders Marine Institute, Belgium
Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK
University of Porto, Portugal
CLS, France
Stockholm University, Sweden
University of Strathclyde, UK
University of St Andrews, UK
National Oceanography Centre, UK
Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer, France
Plataforma Oceánica de Canarias, Spain
Instituto do Mar, Portugal
University of Cape Town, South Africa
Universida de Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil
Hafrannsoknastofnun, Rannsokna- og Radgjafarstofnun Hafs og Vatna, Iceland
Marine Institute, Ireland
Instituto Espanol de Oceanografia, Spain
Seascape Belgium Bvba, Belgium
Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil
International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, Denmark
University of Plymouth, UK
South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa
Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
Atlantic International Research Centre, Portugal
Maritime Robotics, Norway
University of Bremen, Germany
World Maritime University, Sweden
Erinn Innovation Ltd, Ireland

The project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.

Research areas
Research area: Observation Technology
Research area: Marine Populations and Ecosystem Dynamics
Research area: Ecosystem based Marine Management

Key findings

All results will be released via EC Project Results Portal
Effective start/end date01/09/202031/08/2025

Collaborative partners

  • Technical University of Denmark (lead)
  • University of Hamburg
  • AZTI
  • Institute of Marine Research
  • Marine Biological Association
  • Flanders Marine Institute
  • Plymouth Marine Laboratory
  • University of Porto
  • CLS
  • Stockholm University
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of St Andrews
  • National Oceanography Centre
  • Institut français de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer
  • Consortium for the construction, equiping and exploitation of the Canary Islands Oceanic Platform
  • Instituto Do Mar
  • University of Cape Town
  • Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
  • Hafrannsoknastofnun, Rannsokna- og Radgjafarstofnun Hafs og Vatna
  • Marine Institute
  • Instituto Espanol de Oceanografia
  • Seascape Belgium Bvba
  • Universidade Federal de São Paulo
  • International Council for the Exploration of the Sea
  • University of Plymouth
  • South African National Biodiversity Institute
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Atlantic International Research Centre
  • Maritime Robotics
  • University of Bremen
  • World Maritime University
  • Intrigo Ltd


  • Blue Growth
  • Galway Statement
  • Belem Statement
  • IEA Integrated Ecosystem Assessment


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