University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Results and Transferability:
14 ATLAS related cruises have taken place: during the OSNAP/EEL 2017 cruise the crew deployed high-technology biogeochemical sensors onto existing OSNAP moorings in the Rockall Trough. Protocols have been established & standardised for the sampling of key taxa, sediment, plankton fish and invertebrates. Policy engagement has taken place through presentations at key international meetings."
ATLAS held its first Science-Policy Panel at the European Parliament (March 2017). Partners have presented at the SDG14 Oceans Conference (UN) and UN Prep Comm3. Through the Advisory Board, ATLAS links with relevant Blue Growth Industries (Fisheries, Oil and Gas, Blue Pharma) and we are sharing knowledge and results with these key industries contributing to a thriving and sustainable blue growth.
Project/Activity location and area of focus:
ATLAS focusses on understanding valuable deep-sea (200-2000 m deep) Atlantic ecosystems in terms of their connectivity, functioning and responses to future changes in human use and ocean climate. Areas of focus are for example, Davis Strait, Flemish Cap (Canada) and the Mid-Atlantic Canyons (North America) which were chosen based on their proximity to Blue Growth activities, presence of focal ecosystems, availability of existing data/samples and opportunities for offshore cruises during the ATLAS project.
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