IEAs go beyond observing ecosystem status. Engaging scientists, marine stakeholders, and resource managers, the process enables the identification and evaluation of ecosystem components most at risk from natural hazards and the consequences of human activities.

This knowledge provides much-needed evidence to support managers and policy makers in their decision-making, and balances the need for environmental protection with secure, sustainable development. This ensures a positive future for the Atlantic Ocean and its peoples.

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MISSION ATLANTIC includes ten Work Packages structured around IEA principles with research activities on: big data technology and management (WP2), mapping pelagic and benthic habitats (WP3, 4), ecosystem state indicators and future scenarios (WP5, 6) and assessment of ecosystem risks and vulnerabilities in associated ecosystem services (WP7). Advancing IEAs at Case Study sites is coordinated through WP1. Two Work Packages (WP8, WP9) are dedicated to training, building future capacity, and societal engagement. WP10 is devoted to Project Management.