The B-USEFUL project brings together diverse international scientific expertise for user-oriented Solutions for improved Monitoring and Management of Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in vulnerable European Seas.
B-USEFUL Partner come from
Denmark France Italy United Kingdom Spain Iceland Greece Norway Portugal Netherlands Germany
COISPA Tecnologia & Ricerca
COISPA Tecnologia & Ricerca is a cooperative of researchers and technicians founded in Bari, Italy, in 1978. The cooperative is running according to the no-profit principles of mutuality.
COISPA practices an interdisciplinary approach to carry out applied research to the study of living marine resources, marine environments, fisheries, aquaculture and production of eco-system services.
Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO-CSIC)
The team of the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO, CSIC) in B-USEFUL is associated to two Research Groups: ‘Group of Ecosystems Oceanography’ (GRECO, IEO Balearic Islands) and ‘Diagnosis of the interaction Climate-Human Pressures-Ecosystem’ (SITCOM, IEO Santanter) with common ongoing projects and lines of research related with:
- Characterization of the space-time dynamics of ecosystems
- Characterization and spatial-temporal dynamics of human pressures
- Changes in the composition, structure and functioning of marine communities and ecosystems in response to climate change and human pressures.
- Assessment of the sensitivity of species, habitats and ecosystems to climate change and other human pressures.
- Processes and indicators of resistance and resilience of impacted marine ecosystems
- Analysis of the combined effects of climate change and human pressures on habitats and species and marine communities.
- Adaptation and mitigation tools to face climate change impacts.
- Development of participatory and co-development tools for the sustainable management of the ecosystem.
Marine and Freshwater Research Institute (MFRI)
Marine and Freshwater Research Institute (MFRI) is a government institute under the auspices of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries. The institute employs around 200 staff, operates 2 research vessels and 9 branch offices. The main area of activities of the MRFI is to conduct research on the marine environment around Iceland and its living resources, to provide advice to government on sustainable exploitation of the living resources and conservation measures and to inform the government, the fishery sector and the public about the marine environment.
The research activities at the MRFI are organised into five main research sections. A large part of the work undertaken at the Demersal Division is the monitoring of changes in population growth and abundance, behaviour of marine resources and the interactions among various parts of the ecosystem, as well as the effects of human pressure on the demersal ecosystem. Research on habitat mapping, migration, feeding and fecundity of fish and invertebrates and investigations of community structures are all examples of the varied research conducted by the Demersal Division.
Expertise particularly relevant for the project
MFRI brings an expertise on the project in relevant data analysis and knowledge of the Icelandic ecosystem. MFRI is conducting research cruises annually to monitor populations and the ecosystem, data that will be utilized in the project.
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR)
The Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) is a governmental research organization operating under the supervision of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) of the Ministry of Culture, Education and Religious Affairs. HCMR comprises by three research Institutes:
- Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture (IMBBC)
- Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters (IMBRIW)
- Institute of Oceanography (IO)
International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) coordinates and promotes marine research on oceanography, the marine environment, the marine ecosystem, and on living marine resources in the North Atlantic. Its Mission is to advance the scientific understanding of marine ecosystems, and provide information, knowledge, and advice on the sustainable management of human activities affecting, and affected by, marine ecosystems. Members of the ICES community include all coastal states bordering the North Atlantic and the Baltic Sea, with affiliate members in the Mediterranean Sea and southern hemisphere.
Arctic University of Norway (UiT)
UiT The Arctic University of Norway is the northernmost university of the world. Its location on the edge of the Arctic implies a mission. The Arctic is of increasing global importance. Climate change, the exploitation of Arctic resources and environmental threats are topics of great public concern, and which the University of Tromsø takes special interest in. At UiT The Arctic University of Norway you can explore global issues from a close-up perspective.
Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere
The Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere, I. P. (IPMA, IP), is a public institution, part of the indirect administration of State, endowed with administrative and financial autonomy and its own assets. IPMA I. P. follows the responsibility of the Ministry of Economy and Sea and Ministry of Agriculture and Food, under supervision and guardianship of the respective ministers.
IPMA has responsibilities at national territory level in the areas of the sea and atmosphere. Focusing its research efforts on projects that accrue to direct applications for use in operating activities, pursuing continuous improvement in the information made available to its users whether for commercial use or public service and in particular directed to the safeguard of people and property.
Wageningen Research (WR)
Wageningen University & Research is a collaboration between Wageningen University and the Wageningen Research foundation.
The strength of Wageningen University & Research lies in its ability to join the forces of specialised research institutes and the university. It also lies in the combined efforts of the various fields of natural and social sciences. This union of expertise leads to scientific breakthroughs that can quickly be put into practice and be incorporated into education. This is the Wageningen Approach. Collaboration with other parties such as government, business and NGOs is indispensable. This is in line with the Finding Answers Together ambition.
The scientific quality of Wageningen University & Research is affirmed by the prominent position we occupy in international rankings and citation indexes.
The domain of Wageningen University & Research consists of three related core areas:
- Food, feed & biobased production
- Natural resources & living environment
- Society & well-being
Alfred-Wegener-Institut (AWI) /
Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity (HIFMB)
As a Helmholtz centre for polar and marine research the Alfred Wegener institute works above all in the cold and temperate regions of the world. Together with numerous national and international partners we are involved to decipher the complicated processes in the “system of earth”. Our planet is in a radical climate change. The pole areas and seas change. At the same time they play a central role in the global climate system. How does the planet earth develop? Do we observe short-term variations or long-term trends? Polar and marine research has always been a fascinating scientific challenge. Today it is also a piece of futurology.
Understanding the role of biodiversity change for ecosystem functions and to develop concepts for the protection of marine biodiversity requires integrative research merging fundamental natural science (ecology, evolutionary biology, biogeochemistry) and social science disciplines (governance, political science, economics) as well as transdisciplinary approaches to conservation and management concepts.
The HIFMB analyzes different dimensions of biological diversity (from the taxonomic composition of species communities to functional and genetic diversity) to quantify how the variety of marine life changes under global change (changes over time, shifts in distribution ranges, extinction).”
Thünen Institute of Sea Fisheries
As a research institute in the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), we work at the interface of science, politics and society.
The sustainable use of our natural resources and the vital development of rural areas are central social goals. These goals will not be achieved by themselves. That is why parliaments and governments have created a comprehensive set of rules that must be constantly developed and adapted to new challenges.
This involves complex questions, such as: How should we adapt our forests to climate change? What impact does the designation of nature reserves have on fish stocks? How can we shape the “green architecture” of agricultural policy in such a way that the various social goals are achieved in the best possible way? Why do some rural regions prosper while others fear being left behind?
In order to find scientifically sound answers to such questions, the Thünen Institute has been established as a scientifically independent research institution at the interface of science, politics and society.