Research project

AtlantECO-H2020 (DTA.AD004.338)

Thematic area

Earth system science and environmental technologies

Project area

Osservazione della Terra (DTA.AD004)

Structure responsible for the research project

Marine science institute (ISMAR)

Project manager

Phone number: +390815423852


The overall objective of AtlantECO is to assess and predict changes in the status and dynamics of Atlantic ecosystems at regional and basin scales to improve the sustainability of ecosystem services and enhance Blue Growth for Atlantic communities. CNR will be coordinating the Workpackage 7, aimed to identify and quantify the variability and the dominant patterns of ecosystem stressors, as well as forcings of short- and long-term ecosystem changes. The analysis will combine novel high-resolution observation-based data products and model output. It distinguishes between drivers (e.g. wind forcing, currents, mixed layer dynamics, nutrients, biotic interactions) of planktonic ecosystem dynamics and stressors, here defined as environmental variables and anthropogenic processes for which projected changes are likely to have a negative impact on ecosystem dynamics (e.g. oxygen, pH, saturation state with respect to calcium carbonate, nutrient limitation). CNR will also be involved in WP 6, focused on the Multi-scale connectivity in Atlantic ecosystems


o Assemble time series datasets of ecosystem drivers and stressors, combining high resolution model output, biological data and observation-based products (developed/distributed by previous projects/services) (WP7)
o Assess the present status of basin-scale Atlantic ecosystem processes and services, their patterns of variability and drivers of change in observational records (WP7)
o Investigate key controls of ecosystem services "Carbon sequestration" (WP7)
o Contribute to the analysis of multi-scale connectivity in Atlantic ecosystems from a dynamical systems perspective (WP6)

Start date of activity



oceanografia, ecosistema marino, dinamica marina

Last update: 03/12/2023