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DEVelopment Of innovative Tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessing good Environmental Status
EC | FP7 | SP1 | ENV
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  • Analysis of the implementation of the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive in the North-East Atlantic region

    Cavallo, Marianna (2018)
    Projects: EC | DEVOTES (308392)
    With the introduction of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD 2008/56/EC) the European Union has made an important step towards an ecosystem-based management of the EU seas. This Directive aims to overcome a sectoral approach to the management of maritime activities, promoting the integration among policies and coordination between Member States. The overall aim of this PhD project is to perform a comprehensive analysis about the level of coordination among countries of the North...

    Distribution of skates and sharks in the North Sea: 112 years of change

    Sguotti, Camilla; Lyna; García-Carreras, Bernardo; Ellis, Jim R.; Engelhard, Georg H. (2016)
    Projects: EC | DEVOTES (308392)
    Abstract How have North Sea skate and shark assemblages changed since the early 20th century when bottom trawling became widespread, whilst their environment became increasingly impacted by fishing, climate change, habitat degradation and other anthropogenic pressures? This article examines long-term changes in the distribution and occurrence of the elasmobranch assemblage of the southern North Sea, based on extensive historical time series (1902–2013) of fishery-independent survey data. ...

    Integrated assessment of marine biodiversity status using a prototype indicator-based assessment tool

    Jesper H. Andersen; Karsten eDahl; Cordula eGöke; Martin eHartvig; Ciarán eMurray; Anna eRindorf; Henrik eSkov; Morten eVinther; Samuli eKorpinen (2014)
    Projects: EC | DEVOTES (308392)
    Integrated assessment of the status of marine biodiversity is and has been problematic compared to, for example, assessments of eutrophication and contamination status, mostly as a consequence of the fact that monitoring of marine habitats, communities and species is expensive, often collected at an incorrect spatial scale and/or poorly integrated with existing marine environmental monitoring efforts. The objective of this Method Paper is to introduce and describe a simple tool for integrated...

    A review of the application and evolution of the DPSIR framework with an emphasis on coastal social-ecological systems

    Gari, Sirak Robele; Newton, Alice; Icely, John D. (2014)
    Projects: EC | DEVOTES (308392)
    Abstract The applications of the Driver-Pressure-State-Impact-Response (DPSIR) framework were reviewed for several Social-Ecological Systems (SES), with an emphasis on the coastal environment. The evolution of DPSIR was traced from the Stress-Response framework to its present form. Discrepancies in the definitions of the DPSIR's information categories are presented. The application of the framework was explored both as a discrete tool and combined with other methods for different coastal ...

    Dispersal similarly shapes both population genetics and community patterns in the marine realm

    Chust, Guillem; Villarino, Ernesto; Chenuil, Anne; Irigoien, Xabier; Bizsel, Nihayet; Bode, Antonio; Broms, Cecilie; Claus, Simon; Fernández De Puelles, Maria L.; Fonda-Umani, Serena; Hoarau, Galice Guillaume; Mazzocchi, Maria G.; Mozetič, Patricija; Vandepitte, Leen; Verissimo, Helena;... (2016)
    Projects: EC | DEVOTES (308392)
    Dispersal plays a key role to connect populations and, if limited, is one of the main processes to maintain and generate regional biodiversity. According to neutral theories of molecular evolution and biodiversity, dispersal limitation of propagules and population stochasticity are integral to shaping both genetic and community structure. We conducted a parallel analysis of biological connectivity at genetic and community levels in marine groups with different dispersal traits. We...

    Spatial and temporal response of multiple trait-based indices to natural- and anthropogenic seafloor disturbance (effluents)

    van der Linden, Pieter; Borja, Angel; Rodríquez, Jose German; Muxika, Iñigo; Galparsoro, Ibon; Veríssimo, Helena; Marques, João Carlos (2016)
    Projects: EC | DEVOTES (308392)
    Abstract To support ecosystem-based management and achieve the Good Environmental Status (GES) of marine waters it is important to better comprehend the relationships between biodiversity and environmental disturbance (anthropogenic and natural). Biotic indices are widely used in studies to help understanding these relationships and to assess the environmental status of waters. In recent years, trait-based indices rapidly emerged as an alternative ‘functional’ approach to serve this purpo...

    Recent developments in assessment methodology reveal that the Baltic Sea eutrophication problem is expanding

    Fleming-Lehtinen, Vivi; Andersen, Jesper H.; Carstensen, Jacob; Łysiak-Pastuszak, Elżbieta; Murray, Ciarán; Pyhälä, Minna; Laamanen, Maria (2015)
    Projects: EC | DEVOTES (308392)
    Abstract This study follows up on a previous assessment of eutrophication status in the Baltic Sea, which covered the period 2001–2006. The updated assessment is based on new eutrophication targets, an improved eutrophication assessment tool (HEAT 3.0) as well as monitoring data for the period 2007–2011. Based on classifications of eutrophication status in all Baltic Sea sub-basins, we reveal that during the assessment period 2007–2011, the entire open Baltic Sea was affected by eutrophic...

    Metagenetic tools for the census of marine meiofaunal biodiversity: An overview

    Carugati, Laura; Corinaldesi, Cinzia; Dell'Anno, Antonio; Danovaro, Roberto (2015)
    Projects: EC | DEVOTES (308392)
    Abstract Marine organisms belonging to meiofauna (size range: 20–500 μm) are amongst the most abundant and highly diversified metazoans on Earth including 22 over 35 known animal Phyla and accounting formore than 2/3 of the abundance ofmetazoan organisms. In anymarine system,meiofauna play a key role in the functioning of the food webs and sustain important ecological processes. Estimates of meiofaunal biodiversity have been so far almost exclusively based on morphological analyses, but t...

    Benchmarking DNA Metabarcoding for Biodiversity-Based Monitoring and Assessment

    Aylagas, Eva; Borja, Ángel; Irigoien, Xabier; Rodríguez-Ezpeleta, Naiara (2016)
    Projects: EC | DEVOTES (308392)
    Abstract Characterization of biodiversity has been extensively used to confidently monitor and assess environmental status. Yet, visual morphology, traditionally and widely used for species identification in coastal and marine ecosystem communities, is tedious and entails limitations. Metabarcoding coupled with high-throughput sequencing (HTS) represents an alternative to rapidly, accurately, and cost-effectively analyze thousands of environmental samples simultaneously, and this method i...

    Response of seagrass indicators to shifts in environmental stressors: A global review and management synthesis

    Roca, G.; Alcoverro, T.; Krause-Jensen, D.; Balsby, T.J.S.; Katwijkd, M.M. van; Marbà, N.; Santos, Rui; Arthur, R.; Mascaró, O.; Fernández-Torquemada, Yolanda; Pérez, M.; Duarte, C.M.; Romero, J. (2016)
    Projects: EC | DEVOTES (308392)
    Although seagrass-based indicators are widely used to assess coastal ecosystem status, there is little universality in their application. Matching the plethora of available indicators to specific management objectives requires a detailed knowledge of their species-specific sensitivities and their response time to environmental stressors. We conducted an extensive survey of experimental studies to determine the sensitivity and response time of seagrass indicators to ecosystem degradation and r...
  • Updated Devotes Indicator Catalogue Of Msfd Indicator Systems Targeting Descriptors D1, D2, D4, And D6

    Berg, Torsten (2017)
    Publisher: Zenodo
    Projects: EC | DEVOTES (308392)
    This is version 8 of the Catalogue of Indicators of the FP7 project DEVOTES (grant number 308392) that aims at supporting the implementation of the EU MSFD. This catalogue of indicators is an inventory of existing methods. The metadata have been updated and extended since deiverable D3-1 of the DEVOTES project. You can learn more about the DEVOTES project at: http://www.devotes-project.eu All data are provided without a guarantee of correctness or completeness. We are aware of some errors...

    Forward-Modelled Reflectance From Spring And Summer Baltic Sea Specific Inherent Optical Properties

    Simis, Stefan G.H; Ylöstalo, Pasi; Kallio, Kari; Spilling, Kristian; Kutser, Tiit (2017)
    Publisher: Zenodo
    Projects: EC | DEVOTES (308392), EC | PROTOOL (226880), EC | JERICO (262584), EC | COBIOS (263295), EC | WATERS (251527)
    An extensive dataset of remote-sensing reflectance (Rrs, units sr-1) spectra based on forward modelling of mean concentration-specific inherent optical properties (SIOPs) for both spring and summer optical conditions in the open Baltic Sea. The spectra are modelled using Hydrolight 5.2 for a wide range of Chlorophyll-a (Chla), Coloured Dissolved Organic Matter (CDOM), and Total Suspended Matter (TSM) concentrations as well as solar and viewing angles. The primary aim of providing this supplem...
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