Vectors of Change in Oceans and Seas Marine Life, Impact on Economic Sectors (VECTORS)
The European seas undergo significant changes. These are caused by multiple vectors of change. Within the VECTORS project, we seek to identify the causal mechanisms and consequences of those changes in our marine ecosystems.
The multi-disciplinary VECTORS project pursues the goal to collate and extend available knowledge on current and potential future pressures and vectors of change in European seas. Many of such vectors act directly, such as fisheries, climate change, or the introduction of invasive species through the ballast water of ships. Other vectors analyzed act indirectly, e.g. policy, energy needs, or tourism. Based on a better understanding of potential vectors of change, VECTORS scientists derive projections on changes in ecosystems, their functioning and productivity. Consequences of changes for economy as well as for society and their governance are being evaluated.
Policy makers on national and EU levels; scientists of various marine disciplines
In order to cover the broad range of relevant drivers and pressures of change in the European Seas, VECTORS scientists work in multiple disciplines and encompass a wide variety of methods. Investigations reach from measurements with research vessels or satellites through the implementation of laboratory experiments and interviews to the application of theoretical models. They cover disciplines from physiology, biological and physical oceanography to economy and sociology. With our experiments and models, we address a broad realm of spatial and temporal scales, starting e.g. from the motion of individual fish larvae and reaching to the distribution of the resulting fish population in the North Sea. Or, evaluating the effects of a local closure for fisheries on the entire fish stock and its potential to result in future catches and revenues.
Press Release - Project Outcome:
2.2011 - 1.2015
Project funding number: 266445
Funding program: EU – FP7 – Thematic Priority "Environment (including Climate Change)"
Project status: finished