A major challenge in oceanography is how to adequately sample the ocean in order to understand key processes and observe the ecosystem variability in time and space.
To date, largely independent observing systems have been developed to meet the needs of particular disciplines and end users, but ecosystems are highly interdependent and observations of ecosystem processes require extend the scope of observing systems and networks to include physics, ocean geochemistry and biology and to integrate efforts across these scientific disciplines to establish a framework for sustained ocean observing at a broad range of temporal and spatial scales. The overarching objectives and plans for the Hjort Centre require observations that support modelling of ecosystem components at all sizes and time-space scales including quantification of their densities and behavioural characteristics. The Hjort Center will work with integrating state of the art observation methods to understand ecosystem processes with the aim of integrating these in modelling and prediction systems.
Relevant projects involving Hjort Centre members
AtlantOS: Optimizing and Enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System, Task 2.4: Fisheries and zooplankton observations
Coordinator: AtlantOS is coordinated by the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Kiel, Germany
Task leader 2.4.: Nils Olav Handegard, Institute of Marine Research
Funding source: EU H2020
This task has 3 main objectives: 1) to improve the fish survey data availability through the ICES data center for three key pelagic fisheries surveys; 2) to prepare the ICES data center to host these data in accordance with ICES and international data standards and 3) to modify current processing and analysis software to fit into the new system.