Climate change poses severe threats to life on earth; yet much remains unknown about its concrete impacts. While many aspects of climate change impacts on different parts of the Earth’s biosphere still need to be fully examined, this project specifically investigates the rapid increase of non-indigenous and invasive species (NIS) in European ecosystems. These species may not only replace indigenous ones but also alter habitats, interacting with the changing environment, with the potential to severely impact established socio-economic regimes.
This issue calls for a comprehensive approach; perhaps more important than the appearance of NIS, is the bulk of the accompanying biotic and abiotic variables and interactions. Examining these requires access to big datasets, from genomics to in-situ and satellite-borne environmental data. It also involves high computational power, especially for models with iterative algorithms.
This project seeks to:
- integrate different scientific disciplines in the marine subdomain such as chemistry, physics, biodiversity, ecosystems, genomics and socio-economics into an analytical framework to increase knowledge about the impact of NIS on European marine biodiversity and ecosystems
- connect the analytical framework and federate access to relevant data infrastructures on the EOSC platform to mobilise and empower a larger community of researchers and potential data providers
- demonstrate and promote the benefits and potential of web-based science using EOSC.
Partners: LifeWatch ERIC, MARIS, OGS, ICOS ERIC, IFREMER, EMSO ERIC , NOC-BODC, EMBRC ERIC, VLIZ, HMRC, UGOT