Mission Atlantic - Towards the Sustainable Development of the Atlantic Ocean

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HORIZON 2020 (BG08-2019-2)


Research and Innovation Action


All Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Flagship


September 2020 - August 2025


32 partners + 2 associated government organisations in 15 countries


Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU), Denmark


€11.5 Million

Assess ecosystems status and resilience in the whole Atlantic Ocean to the cumulative impact of food provision, climate regulation and cultural services.
Map the present and establish the future 3D distributions of Atlantic biomes and their pressures to support the sustainable use of marine resources.
Develop new indicators, tools and technologies to identify risks and vulnerabilities of the Atlantic Ocean under different climate conditions and management scenarios.
Formulate and transfer assessment guidelines, data and modelling tools into ecosystem-based management procedures to support sustainable governance of marine resources and the development of the Blue Economy.
Educate ocean resource managers and researchers in application of a systemic approach to ecosystem management (e.g. Integrated Ecosystem Assessment) with/in countries bordering the North, South and Tropical Atlantic Ocean.

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU), Denmark

University Hamburg (UHAM), Germany

Fundacion AZTI - AZTI Fundazioa (AZTI), Spain

Institute of Marine Research (IMR), Norway

Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom (MBA), UK

Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), Belgium

Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), UK

University of Porto (UPO), Portugal

Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS), France

Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), Sweden

University of Strathclyde (STRATH), UK

University of St Andrews (USTA), UK

UK National Oceanography Centre (NOC), UK

Institut Francis De Recherche Pour L’ Exploitation De Le Mer (IFREMER), France

Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN), Spain

Institute of Marine Research (IMAR), Portugal

University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa

Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil

Marine and Freshwater Research Institute (MFRI), Iceland

Marine Institute (MI), Ireland

Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO), Spain

Seascape Belgium (SSBE), Belgium

University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil

International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), Denmark

University of Plymouth (UPL), UK

South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), South Africa

Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), Canada

Atlantic International Research Center (AIR Center), Portugal

Maritime Robotics (MROB), Norway

University Bremen, MARUM, (UBH), Germany

World Maritime University (WMU), Sweden

Intrigo (INTR), Ireland


U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), USA

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Canada

Contact us

Project Coordinator:

Patrizio Mariani


Press and Communications:

Annette Wilson


Project Management Team:

Elliot J Brown, Maria Kruger-Jonhsen,

Ivo Grigorov

Mission Atlantic - Towards the Sustainable Development of the Atlantic Ocean