Our Work

ECOTIP is composed of six work packages integrated into a common methodological framework starting from mapping of the stressors and their effects on individual organisms in work package (WP) 1, community and ecosystem level effects in WP2, application of a traits-based approach to assess and predict impacts on biodiversity, ecosystem function and services in WP3, and consequences for human-systems in WP4. WP5 will facilitate stakeholder involvement, and ensure optimal communication and dissemination of the project results as well as their exploitation for development of monitoring strategies and for policy. WP6 manages the ECOTIP project.

Work Package I

Mapping stressors of Arctic biodiversity: Tolerance and adaptation of organisms

  • Identify and map the past, present and future scenarios of the global and regional stressors of the Arctic marine ecosystem
  • Quantify and map the chemical fluxes in the water column and water-sediment interface
  • Establish the tolerance and adaptation of selected native vs. invasive species

Work Package II

Past and future vulnerability of Arctic marine ecosystems to multiple stressors

  • Establish past and recent changes and responses in Arctic biodiversity to environmental stressors.
  • Assess the changes in pelagic and benthic processes and their effects on food web transfer, pelagic-benthic coupling and biological pump
  • Investigate the emergence of altered ecosystems due to changes in distributions, invasions and trophic interactions

Work Package III

Trait-based assessment of biodiversity, ecosystem functions and services

  • Develop and implement trait-based models of biodiversity and use these to explore, quantify and predict changes in the structure of natural communities, functional diversity, and ecosystem services of the Arctic marine ecosystem
  • Map out and assess the vulnerability of key marine ecosystem functions under environmental change
  • Provide assessment tools for the impact of changing biodiversity and multiple stressors on fisheries through the development and implementation of Bayesian network modelling framework

Work Package IV

Socio-economic consequences of biodiversity change and evaluating adaptation options

  • Establish effects of changing biodiversity and distributions of key commercially important species on the coastal and off-shore business and infrastructure, local communities, indigenous life-style, national government and international relations
  • Assess the ability of management structures and regulatory frameworks to adapt to ecosystem changes and provide recommendations for developing adaptation strategies in relation to the changes in the Arctic ecosystems on both the inshore- and the offshore context
  • Investigate how the fishing fleet adapts to changing conditions and utilise this knowledge to formulate models on how the activity depends on such factors

Work Package V

Data management, communication, dissemination and exploitation

  • Ensure efficient and meaningful communication and engagement with Arctic Indigenous communities and other relevant target groups
  • Ensure optimal dissemination and exploitation of synthesized project outcomes to address knowledge gaps and inform international scientific assessments
  • Provide added-value to decision and policy makers by disseminating possible adaptation strategies for scenarios of change
  • Provide recommendations for optimal Arctic biodiversity and ecosystem services monitoring efforts

Work Package VI

Project management

  • Ensure scientific coordination of objectives and that tasks, deliverables and milestones are done timely and within the budget fame
  • Ensure communication between the coordinator, partners and the commission
  • Ensure timely financial and contractual management
  • Ensure that all challenges and potential conflicts are identified and mitigated immediately in a timely manner
  • Oversee and monitor all ethical issues