May 2022 – Begins the IPBES assessment of the interlinkages among biodiversity, water, food and health (the ‘Nexus Assessment’)

From the 16th to the 20th of May 2022 the first author meeting of the Nexus Assessment, the thematic assessment of the interlinkages among biodiversity, water, food and health (nexus assessments) of IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, https://ipbes.net/), was held in Frankfurt, Germany.

More than 150 leading international experts, from every region of the world, are contributing as authors to the assessment. They met for the first time during five intense days to achieve an agreement on the content that the assessment will hold, and on the working process to achieve the final goal in 2024.

The Nexus Assessment will examine the interlinkages among the sustainable development goals related to food and water security, health for all, protecting biodiversity on land and in the oceans and combating climate change.

The researcher Marta Coll, from the Department of Marine Renewal Resources of the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC), is one of the three Spanish experts participating in the Nexus Assessment as a lead author of Chapter 4 about sustainable futures.

Dr. Coll states the importance of this assessment: “This is a challenging and very timely process, where we will analyse scientific evidence and local ecological knowledge to synthesise the essential links that are established between key ecological and socioeconomic processes to inform local, regional and international policy and management in the need to ensure a sustainable and livable planet for the future”.

The participation of Dr. Coll to this initiative is funded by the Spanish project ProOceans (RETOS-PID2020-118097RB-I00).

Read more.

March 2022 – ProOceans workshop on modelling techniques

Under our Spanish Project ProOceans “Fostering the capacity of marine ecosystem models to PROject the cumulative effects of global change and plausible future OCEANS” we have organized a 2-day workshop to discuss modelling techniques available, their capabilities and challenges to model the global ocean.

We have discussed about marine ecosystem models, spatial statistical models, Bayesian/Frequentist approach, input data and model construction, outputs, other statistical and non-statistical models, multivariate, time Series, machine learning and computational models (AI).

March 2022 – Joint lab meeting with V. Christensen’s group

We organized a joint lab meeting with Villy Christensen group at University of British Columbia, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries. We discussed students and postdoc projects and found common challenges and issues to deal with ecological modelling techniques. A very inspiring session! Let’s hope that next time it can be an “in person” meeting.

October 2021 – Kickoff of ProOceans

Our Spanish project ProOceans “Fostering the capacity of marine ecosystem models to PROject the cumulative effects of global change and plausible future OCEANS” starts with a kickoff meeting with all partners.

We have three very interesting years ahead of us to learn about MEMs, statistical models and how to improve our capacity to project changes in marine ecosystems.

 

October 2021 – Mediterranean small pelagic fish at SIMERPE (Vigo)

We presented the results of 4 years of projects on small pelagic fish at the first SIMERPE – Iberian Symposium on Modeling and Assessment of Fishery Resources (“Simposio Ibérico de Modelado y Evaluación de Recursos Pesqueros”)

We are very grateful for this opportunity, full of interesting discussions about achievements and challenges to evaluate marine resources and ecosystems and move towards the sustainability of the social-ecological system.

Octobre 2021 – Infographics of small pelagic fish

Our projects about small pelagic fish have produced very interesting results during the last 4 years.

We have summarized them in three infographics (made by Amparo Hidalgo):

You can download them from here

We presented them last week at the University of Girona during a very informative workshop organized by Jordi Viñas and Marta Muñoz about the state of European Sardine.

 

June 2021 – How to protect sardines and anchovies from overfishing and climate change

Today our PELWEB project formally arrives to an end.

The amazing team of PELWEB was worked a lot during three years and a half to advance on our understanding of the Mediterranean pelagic ecosystem and, particularly, on anchovy and sardine dynamics.

We just published an outreach text about important outcomes in The Conversation, check it out!

And an online seminar about some of the outcomes is also available as part of the Seamposium series.

 

 

January 2021 – Kickoff meeting of PROCLIAS Cost Action

During the kickoff meeting of the new PROCLIAS “Process-based models for climate impact attribution across sectors” Cost Action exciting ideas and activities for the next 4 years are presented and discussed.

Keynotes and general sessions are available online.

January 2021 – Ecosystem Modelling Graduate Course online

A new Ecosystem Modelling Course, organized by the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada), just started online!

The course is open for UBC graduate students with interest in quantitative modelling, as well as for some upper-level UBC undergraduate students.  Because of the Covid-19 situation, UBC does not allow on-campus classes for the coming semester, therefore the course is online via Zoom. This opens for wider participation in the course, and we allow informal auditing of the course. In addition to Zoom, we will broadcast the classes directly on FaceBook Live, available through the Ecopath FaceBook page.

We intend to make recordings of the lectures and Q/A (not class discussions and tutorials) available through www.ecopath.org‘s YouTube channel.

Many interesting seminars will be given during the course from expert marine ecosystem modelers around the world. Instructors are Dr. Villy Christensen and MSc Santigao de la Puente (UBC, Canada), Leigh McGaughey (River Institute, Canada) and Marta Coll (ICM-CSIC, Spain).

October 2020 – Final event of MarCons

MarCons Final Conference

We participated in the final conference of MarCons, coordinating Panel 1. Assessing multiple threats to marine biodiversity

The panelists’ presentations and the Slido poll results are now available online on our website.
During the conference, the following publication was mentioned, which is actually a number of recommendations for advancing marine conservation in European seas, and synthesizes the work conducted through MarCons’ lifetime. It is now available online.

Well done everybody!