TRIATLAS : Tropical and South Atlantic climate-based marine ecosystem predictions for sustainable management

Project identifier 196-TRIATLAS
Project Status ongoing
Start date 2019-06-01
End date 2023-05-31
Roadmap Theme
  • Sustainable intensification: Marine ecosystems and aquaculture technologies
  • Cross-cutting issues: Integration of research and innovation activities
  • Type of Project Strengthening partnerships and alignment projects
    Type of Project Applied research project
    Programme H2020-EU.
    Keyword marine ecosystems; fisheries; climate impacts; intense fishing; coastal development; socioeconomic sustainability
    Location Norway; Germany; France; Spain; South Africa; Cabo Verde; France; South Africa; Angola; Cote d'Ivoire; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; Brazil; Benin; Ireland; Senegal; Namibia
    Budget 11 074 400
    Main Funder Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) (H2020)
    Coordinator University of Bergen (UiB)
  • GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
  • Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC)
  • Institute of Marine Research
  • Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries
  • Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS)
  • University of Kiel
  • Meteo-France
  • Centre Européen de Recherche et de Formation Avancée en Calcul Scientifique (CERFACS)
  • Research Institute for Development (IRD)
  • Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC-CNS)
  • Complutense University of Madrid
  • University of Cape Town
  • National Fisheries Development Institute (INDP)
  • National Fisheries Research Institute (INIP)
  • University of Vigo
  • University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • Félix Houphouët-Boigny University
  • Centre de recherches océanologiques (CRO)
  • United Kingdom Research and Innovation
  • University Abomey-Calavi
  • Federal University of Rio Grande (FURG)
  • Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE)
  • Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC)
  • Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco (UFRPE)
  • National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway)
  • Norwegian Research Center NORCE
  • Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles (ISRA)
  • CSIC - Spanish National Research Council
  • École normale supérieure (ENS)
  • University of Cape Verde
  • Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN)
  • Université Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV
  • University of Namibia
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    Climate-based prognostics for the future of the tropics

    Human activities such as intense fishing and coastal development are altering the Atlantic marine ecosystems around the South and Tropical Atlantic. The EU-funded TRIATLAS project aims to study the current situation of the Atlantic Ocean’s marine ecosystem and predict future changes. A range of African, European, and South American institutions specialised in climate change, oceanography and social sciences, as well as local stakeholders will be engaged in the project. TRIATLAS will also work closely with relevant European Commission services. The project will observe the impact of pollution and climate change on the marine ecosystem to present the first prognosis for the next 40 years for the whole Atlantic. This will aid in sustainable management of human activities.


    Sustainable management of human activities affecting Atlantic marine ecosystems is critical to maintain its health and to support the blue economy of the bordering countries. TRIATLAS will contribute to this by delivering knowledge of the current state and future changes of the Atlantic marine ecosystems. We achieve this through a basin-wide approach integrating research from the North and South, that closes critical knowledge gaps in the Tropical and South Atlantic which impede an understanding of the entire basin. We bring together an interdisciplinary team of marine ecologists, physical oceanographers, climate researchers, and social scientists from 34 different institutions in Europe, Africa, and South America, together with multisectoral and regional stakeholders. We will enhance knowledge of the marine ecosystems in key areas of the Atlantic using existing and pivotal new (physical, biological, societal) observations. Earth system, ecological, and socio-economic models and observations will be used to assess the cumulative impacts of (climatic, pollution, and fishing) pressures driving fluctuations in the marine ecosystem, and the potential for tipping point behavior and regime shifts. We will develop the first predictions of the marine-ecosystem for the next 40 years for the whole Atlantic, by combining state-of-the-art climate prediction and ecosystem models, with Shared Socioeconomic Pathways, and by conducting socio-economic vulnerability assessments services, with stakeholder engagement. TRIATLAS will enhance capacity in marine ecosystems, oceanography, and climate research in countries bordering the South and Tropical Atlantic Ocean. There will be close cooperation and alignment with relevant European Commission services and the South-South Framework for Scientific and Technical Cooperation, as well as other relevant initiatives in the field. We will contribute to upscale cooperation around the Atlantic.