The marine resources along the Norwegian Coast provide economic and social viability based on the commercial exploitation of fish, kelp and shellfish stocks, as well as aquaculture, tourism and other activities. Knowledge based management of the coastal zones depends on wide knowledge of our marine ecosystems, their structure, function and how they respond to combined stress from exploitation of the resources, exposure to pollutants (e.g. waste disposal from mining, industrial and municipal wastewater) and climate change. The primary goal of ENTiCE is to quantify how physical forcing (e.g. tidal mixing and upwelling) controls the nutrient availability and light regime and thereby impacts productivity, community structure and function in a highly productive coastal region along the Norwegian Coast. The secondary goal is to create enabling technology beyond state of the art for cost effective and high quality sampling. These objectives will be achieved by developing, testing and deploying technology and model systems with an inter-disciplinary group of scientists and engineers with a significant outreach component for local high-school students. The impact of the project will be better ecosystem understanding, knowledge based resource management, and decision making, for complex dynamic coastal ecosystems.
Project leader: Ingrid Helene Ellingsen
Category: Teknisk-industrielle institutter
Institution: SINTEF OCEAN AS