About this site
This is an archive of the website that the former EUR-OCEANS Network of Excellence (NoE) originally built to inform the general public on issues dealt with and results obtained by its member institutions and scientists. It provides access to, or a brief overview of some salient "outreach" products or activities developed during the lifetime of the NoE.
A specificity of the EUR-OCEANS NoE consisted in its relying on a network of aquaria, in addition to its network of scientist, in order to communicate with the public. As the (2005-2008) EUR-OCEANS NoE ended its activity as a project funded by the European Commission, the EUR-OCEANS Consortium took over the scientific themes and missions of the former NoE.
CLIMATE CHANGE is becoming one of the major preoccupations of the general public. It is discussed among friends, in newspapers, at the office and at home. Among the topics for discussion are the increasingly unpredictable climate, the propagation of diseases and rising sea level.
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HOWEVER, WHAT EXACTLY DO WE KNOW about climate change and what will be the consequences for future generations? Changes to the marine ecosystem are thought to include offshore polar-ward migrations of cold-water species and arrivals of warm-water fishes in northerly seas. There is, however, no clear idea of the impacts of these species movements upon the oceans and the communities that rely upon them. The combined efforts of many nations have provided us with the knowledge of what has happened over the last fifty years but can we imagine what might happen during the next half-century ?
ANSWERING THIS QUESTION WAS THE PRIME OBJECTIVE OF THE EUR-OCEANS EUROPEAN NETWORK OF EXCELLENCE.
EUR-OCEANS was co-financed by the European Commission (EC) between 2005 and 2008. The purpose of Networks of Excellence is to structure European research in an area of excellence.
BUILDING SCENARIOS FOR MARINE ECOSYSTEMS UNDER ANTHROPOGENIC AND NATURAL FORCING IN THE XXI CENTURY
The EUR-OCEANS Consortium builds on the legacy of the EUR-OCEANS Network of Excellence, which contributed to the scientific expertise and dissemination of knowledge on marine ecosystems in a context of global change. It is a scientific network, benefiting from and relying upon the institutional commitment of the research performing organisations forming its membership. It aims at the long-term harmonization of European research efforts related to ocean ecosystems undergoing anthropogenic and natural forcings.
More specifically, its objectives are to facilitate and promote:
- top-level scientific research on the impacts of anthropogenic and natural forcings on ocean ecosystems, fostering collaborations across the European Research Area;
- the optimal use of any shared technical infrastructures and scientific facilities;
- activities to spread excellence, such as the training of scientific personnel and students, or knowledge dissemination towards the general public and socio-economic users.