This project will contribute to an Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) of the marine areas north and west of Svalbard and the northern Barents Sea, by evaluating ecosystem functioning and the vulnerability of ecosystem components (fish and benthos) affected by climate change. The project addresses ecosystem functioning and vulnerability empirically, combining trait-based methods with food web analyses and stable isotope analyses of main energy pathways using ecosystem data from the southern Arctic Ocean and bordering Arctic reaches of the Barents Sea. The main findings will be summarized in maps visualizing areal specific ecosystem vulnerability indicators, suitable to inform areal management (e.g. Norwegian management of the Barents Sea), and to international working groups within ICES and the Arctic Council.
Project manager: Lis Lindal Jørgensen
Project code: 282018