COST, an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, allowing the coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level. COST organized a conference titled "The Predictive Power of Marine Science in a Changing Climate" in Sopot, Poland 7-8 April.
Maciej Tomczak, BNI Sweden, was one of the invited experts asked to give a presentaion on "Human impact on Central Baltic Sea ecosystem - Food-web modelling (pdf, 3.1 MB)".
He was one of the invited European researchers specialized in the studies of marine environment, both in the biotic and abiotic aspects, in their relation to the changing climate.
Multidisciplinary approaches to climate change impacts on marine environments of Europe
The participating researchers addressed a vast array of different European marine environments, from oceanic waters to very brackish basins such as the Baltic. They also discussed how climate changes affect all aspects of environment, from physical and chemical through biological processes and thus marine fauna and flora.
Participants discussed a multidisciplinary approach to the problem of climate change impact on marine environment in Europe, in order to facilitate transdisciplinary cooperation to help understand the ongoing changes in the marine environment, as well as predict their future course.
Further reading regarding BNI's food web modelling
Below you can find a selection of publications by Maciej Tomczak related to the conference and his talk:
Ecosystem flow dynamics in the Baltic Proper - using a multi-trophic dataset as a basis for food–web modelling
Combined effects of global climate change and regional ecosystem drivers on an exploited marine food web
Read more about the BNI BaltProWeb - Baltic Proper Food-web model here
More information about projects in which the research has been carried out:
ECOSUPPORT - Advanced modeling tool for scenarios of the Baltic Sea ECOsystem to SUPPORT decision making
Regime shifts in the Baltic Sea ecosystem - modelling complex adaptive ecosystems and governance implications