Green Growth Based on Marine Resources: Ecological and Socio-Economic Constraints (GreenMAR)

GreenMAR is a project about the fundamental challenge of green growth and how to use our renewable natural resources more efficiently while ensuring that the ecosystems retain their functionality.

The fundamental challenge of green growth is to use our renewable natural resources more efficiently while ensuring that ecosystems continue to function well. Marine ecosystems – if harvested efficiently and sustainably – provide unique opportunities to meet the growing global demand for healthful and nutritious food. Yet overexploitation, climate change and other anthropogenic stressors are challenging sustainable development. How can the ecological and social components of complex marine systems adapt to these growing stress factors?

The GreenMAR project brings together an interdisciplinary research team of Nordic, US, Russian and Dutch researchers and a leading Nordic fishing company to enhance the relevance and benefit of the research. A wide array of disciplines will facilitate the effort to provide recommendations for improved marine harvesting strategies. Climatologists and oceanographers will provide state-of-the-art model results on how climate affects sea-surface temperature, ocean circulation and freshwater run-off. Modelled and observed environmental data will be combined with biological time series to learn about effects on fish populations, with particular focus on possible critical thresholds in the effects of climate change and fishing. Sociologists will study how fishermen adapt to changes in their environment.

GreenMAR will integrate these insights into social-ecological models to quantify how ecosystem properties such as resilience, sustainability, and viability will be affected by future climate change. Bio-economic models will be developed alongside this to predict the economic effects of climate change and to investigate how industry and regulation can cost-effectively adapt. 

This multidisciplinary approach will provide valuable knowledge towards ensuring the sustainable management of our oceans as both a necessity and a catalyst for green growth. Moreover, GreenMAR will emphasise training and communication as part of the effort to cultivate a new generation of scientists, administrators and industrialists with multidisciplinary skills.

Project leader:
Nils Christian Stenseth

and Anne Maria Eikeset, CEES - Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, University of Oslo, Norway


For more information, see NorMER (Nordic Centre for Research on Marine Ecosystems and Resources under Climate Change)


GreenMAR website

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