The EcoScope Platform will be a novel, modular, interdisciplinary e-tool integrating meteorological, oceanographic, biogeochemical, environmental, biological, fisheries and socio-economic datasets, into a single interface covering all European Seas. The platform will use existing datasets, databases, platforms and maps and the output of projects already…
The EcoScope Toolbox will operate as a decision-support tool for policy makers, advisory bodies and researchers. The toolbox will use a scoring system based on assessments of all ecosystem components and their drivers including habitats, species distributions, fisheries and environmental forcing, climate change, fisheries reference points, conservation status of…
The knowledge created in the EcoScope Toolbox and EcoScope Platform, as well as the scientific output of the EcoScope project will be shared through capacity building in the EcoScope Academy, which will promote cross community education and knowledge sharing. The EcoScope Academy will hold a series of online courses, webinars and serious gaming to build…
The project will also develop the EcoScope App, a mobile phone application for enhancing the engagement of the public in fisheries management within the ecosystem context. The EcoScope App will be a smartphone application which will enable citizens to report on marine hazards, illegal fishing practices, removal or stranding of protected species, marine litter…
August 23rd, 2023
The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published a short guideline document on “Using models for policymaking – The questions you should ask when presented with the use of simulation models in policymaking”, which it recently launched with a webinar on June 19.
July 25th, 2023
Scientists from the EU-funded EcoScope project co-wrote a chapter titled “Advances in spatial-temporal coastal and marine modeling using Ecospace”, for the Elsevier Reference Collection in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, which will be published as a physical volume in January 2024. The chapter is already available for perusal and direct purchase online. The piece was written by a group of researchers, including EcoScope partners Jeroen Steenbeek of Ecopath International Initiative, Villy Christensen of the UBC Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, and Sheila JJ Heymans of the European Marine Board. EcoScope coordinator Athanassios Tsikliras of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki noted the importance of the piece in advancing EcoScope’s spatial models.
June 25th, 2023
A team of 12 researchers, including Sheila J.J. Heymans, Executive Director of the European Marine Board, a key partner of the EU-funded EcoScope project, published a paper recently proposing a model for quantitatively assessing the impact of human activities in marine ecosystems on environmental assets. This paper is based on research examining offshore wind energy production off the North Sea coast of Belgium’s, which is one of the fastest expanding marine industries globally.
June 13th, 2023
A team of 12 researchers including scientists associated with the EU-funded EcoScope project and Italy’s National Research Council (CNR) and its Institute for Biological Resources and Marine Biotechnology, a key EcoScope partner, published a paper recently in Frontiers in Marine Science titled “Data availability and participatory approach: the right mix for enhancing Mediterranean fisheries’ sustainability”.
June 8th, 2023
The EU-funded EcoScope project held an intensive three-day training course on Big Marine Data Analytics and Models on May 16-18, 2023 at the KEDEK Building of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) in Greece. The course was provided in the framework of the EcoScope Academy and co-organised by AUTH and the Italian National Research Council (CNR). Over the past few months, thirty-five applications from young researchers from thirteen different countries have been submitted for the course. The course was successfully completed by twenty-three of the participants.
April 20th, 2023
Key scientist in Ecopath initiative, an EcoScope partner, and newly named fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), Villy Christensen of the University of British Colombia called for smart management of marine resources and the Blue Economy in his feature video celebrating his election to the RSC. “Considering that Canada’s Blue Economy generates 30 billion dollars a year, we must manage our oceans, lakes and rivers responsibly and sustainably, and that calls for ecosystem-based fisheries management, which is what we develop tools for,” Christensen said.