The Marine Biological Association is currently celebrating the start of one of three Horizon 2020 projects! Horizon 2020 is the biggest ever EU Research and Innovation programme, with a focus on excellent science and tackling societal challenges.
The MBA is one of three Plymouth-based, and of 31 international partners in the 4-year MISSION Atlantic project, coordinated by Danmarks Tekniske University in Denmark. The project aims to map and assess the present and future status of Atlantic marine ecosystems under the influence of climate change and exploitation.
Partners are supported by a €11.5 million budget, collaborating to build an Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) programme for the Atlantic for the first time at this scale. The MBA has been granted €217,000, with scientists using data from the global Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) Survey to map habitat changes over the last 60 years in response to climate warming.
CPR unit being deployed
MBA-Lead, Professor Martin Edwards, said “In an era of rapid transformations affecting our societies and our lives, we are asked to provide the scientific knowledge necessary to face future challenges and to guarantee a sustainable future for the next generations. By studying the complex Atlantic Ocean ecosystems, Mission Atlantic will contribute to a better and more sustainable future for life on Earth.”
The MISSION Atlantic project aims to balance the need for environmental protection with secure, sustainable development. The project will also contribute to the commitments outlined in the Belém Statement on Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Cooperation between the European Union, Brazil and South Africa, and as part of the UN Decade of Ocean Science (2021-2030), supporting society in achieving a sustainable ocean.