Identifying Risks and pressures on Atlantic Ocean Ecosystems
Integrated Ecosystem Assessments (IEAs) help decision makers to balance the need for protecting the ocean and the need to use ocean resources, and as a result, develop better management plans.
MISSION ATLANTIC will be the first initiative to develop operational IEAs and systematically apply IEAs through the Atlantic basin and regional case studies.
5 Steps in the IEA Process
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.
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Mission Atlantic will develop IEAs for seven regional Case Studies, in sub-Arctic and Tropical regions of the Atlantic Ocean, ranging from shelf seas to the mid-Atlantic Ridge.