Title: Atlantic ECOsystems assessment, forecasting & sustainability

Funding Source: EU H2020

Budget IMBBC: 14,091€

Start / End Date: 2021 - 2024

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Project Progress: 100%

Principal Investigator:

Georgios Kotoulas

Project Members:

Research Directions:

Environmental genomics

Marine biodiversity

Ecology and ecosystem management


The EU-funded AtlantECO project aims to develop and apply a novel, unifying framework that provides knowledge-based resources for a better understanding and management of the Atlantic Ocean and its ecosystem services. AtlantECO engages with citizens and actors from the industry and policy sectors in order to stimulate responsible behaviour and Blue Growth.
The project focuses on three pillars of research: microbiomes, plastic and the plastisphere, and seascape connectivity. In pursuit of this goal, AtlantECO is bringing together experts and pioneers from Europe, South America and South Africa with the relevant resources, knowledge and experience. The role of IMBBC is the transfer of OSD know-how for the activation of the existing OSD stations which he has been coordinating since 2018, and the establishment of new ones, leveraging the contacts of all AtlantECO partners. IMBBC offers coordination and logistics advices in a way to strengthen and assure the long-term sustainability of the OSD network, which runs under EMBRC.