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NCoE NorMER - The Nordic Centre for Research on Marine Ecosystems and Resources under Climate Change

The Nordic Centre for Research on Marine Ecosystems and Resources under Climate Change (NCoE NorMER) builds a unique, cross-disciplinary framework for evaluating effects of climate change on Nordic marine ecosystems, with a particular focus on Atlantic cod.

Marine ecosystems are under pressure from both anthropogenic climate change and high exploitation rates. A major challenge is to identify ways that oceans can provide food and other services in a sustainable way under changing climatic and socio-economic conditions. Physical, biological and socio-economic factors interact at several levels, and cross-disciplinary approaches are necessary to meet these challenges.

 

The Nordic Centre for Research on Marine Ecosystems and Resources under Climate Change (NCoE NorMER) builds a unique, cross-disciplinary framework for evaluating effects of climate change on Nordic marine ecosystems, with a particular focus on Atlantic cod.

 

The centre will develop tools to predict the biological consequences associated with climate change, developing new tools, as well as quantifying impacts on profit, employment, and harvesting of cod in the Nordic region.

 

The internationally recognized team of Nordic participants aims to establish a constructive dialogue with industry and policy-makers, and will invite representatives from both groups to annual meetings to discuss the socio-economic impacts of climate change.

 

This project has a very exciting and strong educational profile, aiming to create an effective training environment for young researchers. PhD students will meet annually, and specialised PhD courses will be organised. There is a particular focus on increasing the communication between young and senior researchers. Gender balance in research is also on the NCoE’s agenda.

 

The excellent Nordic research environments involved complement each other with their expertise. The centre will provide important contributions to marine research, both on a Nordic and global scale.

Result summary

NorMER's key findings include linking physical and environmental factors, as well as lower trophic level interactions, to their effects on coastal and open-water cod populations. The project shows that cod are sensitive to climate change, both to elevated temperatures and also to reduced food supply. 

 

The work also shows that fishers’ mentalities and behavior differ, and uses this knowledge to target fisheries with different policy instruments. All of these studies are linked to past environmental variability and ongoing changes in climate to reveal the need for adaptation of fisheries and their management into the future.  

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More information

Visit the NorMER website

See a list of NorMER publications

 

Read the NorMER report 2013

Read the NorMER report 2012

Read the NorMER report 2011

 

Participating organisations

 

 

Project leaders

 

Nils Christian Stenseth, Professor and Chair

CEES, University of Oslo, Norway

n.c.stenseth@bio.uio.no

+47 228 54 584

 

Carl Folke, Research Director

Stockholm Resilience Center

Stockholm University, Sweden

carl.folke@stockholmresilience.su.se

+46 8 673 95 00

 

Research leaders


  • Nils Chr. Stenseth, CEES, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Carl Folke, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden
  • Thorsten Blenckner, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden
  • Erik Bonsdorff, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
  • Øyvind Fiksen, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Thomas Kiørboe, DTU Aqua, Denmark
  • Eydfinn Magnussen, University of the Faeroe Islands
  • Marko Lindroos, Helsinki University, Finland
  • Gudrun Marteinsdottir, MARICE, University of Iceland
  • Markus Meier, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute
  • Helen Andersson, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute
 

Project participants

 

See the list of all NorMER project participants