MARmaED uniquely combines two complementary approaches to understand the mechanisms by which climate change effects may propagate from physics to society: the first approach uses statistical methods and a wide variety of data to detect patterns among observables that reveal dynamics and functioning of the system. The second involves building comprehensive models of mechanisms linking physics, physiology, ecology, and economics. These bio-economic models take into account various ecosystem interactions combined with socio-economic considerations.
The Work packages (WP) have been designed to achieve our scientific objectives and to ensure the continuous exchange of knowledge between WPs and between ESRs (Early Stage Researchers). This structure enables and incites collaboration and exchange of knowledge between ESRs.
WP1 From physics to biology
It focuses on developing and applying coupled ocean-atmosphere models and linking physical drivers to biological processes. While one ESR focuses on developing a regional climate model, the other involved ESRs uses such models or their output in statistical analyses or mechanistic models to understand climate effects on individuals and populations. Throughout this work we emphasise the importance of the various sources of uncertainties (observational, model and future projection).
WP2 From individuals to food webs
Bridges stressor effects acting on the individual up to the population and ultimately the community and ecosystem level. To this end WP2 links studies on individual genetic and physiological processes with state-of-the-art modelling frameworks including bioenergetic, structured population and further up to food webs, ecosystems and economics models.
WP3 From science to ecosystem-based management (EBM)
It aims to unify perspectives from climatology, ecology and economics to improve and further develop modern EBM approaches. Several methodological approaches are explored such as general ecosystem-based management strategies, reference points sensitive to environmental conditions, size-based approaches to management, as well as evolutionary and portfolio approaches in fisheries management. A strong component of this WP is the interactions and consultations with multi-sector stakeholders.