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The Impact of Biodiversity Changes in Coastal Marine Benthic Ecosystems

Period: November 2002 till October 2006
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Biodiversity; Ecosystems
Geographical term: ANE, Netherlands, Westerschelde [Marine Regions]

Institutes (10)  Top 
  • Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut voor Onderzoek der Zee; NIOZ Yerseke, more
  • Université de La Rochelle; Institut du Littoral, Laboratoire de Biologie et d'Environnement Marins (LBEM), more
  • Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research, Warnemünde (IOW), more
  • Stockholm University; Department of Systems Ecology, more
    • Flach, Elsina
    • Edjung, Gunilla
  • International Marine Centre (IMC), more
    • Magni, Paolo
    • De Falco, Gianni
    • Baroli, Maura
    • Piergallini, Giuseppe
  • Sociedad Cultural de Investigación Submarina (INSUB)
    • Sola, J. Carlos
    • Martinez, Julian
    • Adarraga, Idoia
    • Markiegi Lesaka, Mikel
    • Ruiz Pasicot, José Mari
    • Cruz, Igor
  • University of Gdansk; Faculty of Biology, Geography and Oceanology; Institute of Oceanography (IO-BGO), more
  • Polish Academy of Sciences; Institute of Oceanology (IOPAN), more
    • Wenne, Roman
    • Smietanka, Beata
  • Radboud University Nijmegen; Department of Animal Ecology & Ecophysiology
    • van der Velde, Gerard
    • Rajagopal, Sanjeevi
  • Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity Naturalis; National Museum of Natural History - Naturalis (Naturalis), more

BioCoMBE is an RTD project, funded under the "Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development" Specific Programme. The consequences of changes in biodiversity, natural or anthropogenic,
for the functioning of coastal ecosystems, are still unknown.

To address this issue, two phenomena will be unravelled with regard to the (changes of) benthic biodiversity, along the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Baltic coast. These two phenomena are:
1.The north-eastward shift in distribution of benthic species along the European coast
2. The Baltic has on average a low diversity of life. Despite low diversity, structure and productivity of the food web in the Baltic is similar to the Atlantic

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