As holistic approach, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive poses a challenge to the scientific community: How to describe the state of the marine environment with 11 descriptors? We develop indicators, techniques in risk assessments, and integrated assessment frameworks.
The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) obligates EU Member States to achieve a Good Environmental Status (GES) of their marine waters by 2020. Within the MSFD, eleven descriptors of the environmental status are evaluated by indicators, which currently are not fully operational. We work on the operationalisation of fish-related indicators and will develop integrated assessment systems to combine the outcome of single indicators into the evaluation of the corresponding descriptor status. The first step in the implementation of the MSFD is to review the temporal and spatial availability of data for the identification and validation of potential indicators. During this stage, the main objective is the identification and validation of indicator species and ecosystem components. After the identification of indicators, the influences of human pressures on these indicators will be quantified by risk assessments using varying temporal and spatial scales. Finally, the risk assessments will be used to establish methods for integrated assessment of the marine ecosystems which will help policy makers to decide on alternative management scenarios.
We collaborate in national and international committees (BLANO, ICES, EU, OSPAR), provide advice to the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and conduct scientific studies (dynamic population models, data analysis, development of pressure & state indicators).
Permanent task 4.2010 - 12.2020
Project status: ongoing