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PERSEUS: Policy-oriented marine Environmental Research in the Southern EUropean Seas

The overall scientific objectives of PERSEUS are to identify the interacting patterns of natural and human-derived pressures on the Mediterranean and Black Seas, assess their impact on marine ecosystems and, using the objectives and principles of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive as a vehicle, to design an effective and innovative research governance framework based on sound scientific knowledge. Well-coordinated scientific research and socio-economic analysis will be applied at a wide-ranging scale, from basin to coastal. The new knowledge will advance our understanding on the selection and application of the appropriate descriptors and indicators of the MSFD. New tools will be developed in order to evaluate the current environmental status, by way of combining monitoring and modelling capabilities and existing observational systems will be upgraded and extended. Moreover, PERSEUS will develop a concept of an innovative, small research vessel, aiming to serve as a scientific survey tool, in very shallow areas, where the currently available research vessels are inadequate. In view of reaching Good Environmental Status (GES), a scenario-based framework of adaptive policies and management schemes will be developed. Scenarios of a suitable time frame and spatial scope will be used to explore interactions between projected anthropogenic and natural pressures. A feasible and realistic adaptation policy framework will be defined and ranked in relation to vulnerable marine sectors/groups/regions in order to design management schemes for marine governance. Finally, the project will promote the principles and objectives outlined in the MSFD across the SES. Leading research Institutes and SMEs from EU Member States, Associated States, Associated Candidate countries, non-EU Mediterranean and Black Sea countries, will join forces in a coordinated manner, in order to address common environmental pressures, and ultimately, take action in the challenge of achieving GES.

CyI researcher responsible:

Prof. Manfred Lange
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Additional Info

  • Acronym: PERSEUS
  • Center: EEWRC
  • Funding Source: EU/FP7/TRANSPORT/FP7-OCEAN-2011
  • CyI Funding: 106.000€
  • Funding Period: 48 months
  • Starting Date: 01/01/2012
  • End Date: 31/12/2015
  • Partners:

    Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (EL), Middle East Technical University (TR), Institut Francais de Recherche Pour L'Exploitation de la Mer (FR), Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, CSIC (ES), Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Scienze del Mare (IT), Institutul National de Cercetare-Dezvoltare Pentru Geologie si Geoecologie Marina-Geoecomar (RO), Plan Bleu pour L'Environnement et le Developpement en Mediterrannee, Plan (FR), Cosnav Engineering SRL (IT), Universita Ta Malta (MT), EIR Symvouloi Anaptyxis Etaireia Periorismenis Efthynis (EL), BC3 Basque Centre for Climate Change - Klima Aldaketa Ikergai (ES),Instituto Espanol de Oceanografia(ES), Universitat de Barcelona (ES), Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, UPC, (ES), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (FR), Universite de la Mediterranee D'Aix-Marseille II (FR), Universite Pierre et Marie Curie (FR), Universite Paul Sabatier Toulouse III (FR), Centro Euro-Mediterraneo per I Cambiamenti Climatici Scarl (IT), Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (IT), Agenzia Nazionale per le Nuove Tecnologie, L'Energia e lo Sviluppo Economico Sostenibile (IT), Joint Research Centre (EC), Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale (IT), Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn (IT), Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK), University of Plymouth (UK), Sticthting Deltares, Deltares (NL), Universiteit Utrecht (NL), Universite de Liege (BE), University of Aegean - Research Unit (EL), National an Kapodistrian University of Athens (EL), University of Crete (EL), The Cyprus research and Educational Foundation (CY), University of Cyprus (CY), Nacionalni Institut Za Biologijo (SI), Institute Of Oceanography and Fisheries (HR), Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Ltd (IL), University of Haifa (IL), Black Sea NGO Network (BG), Sofiiski Universitet Sveti Kliment Ohridski (BG), Institut Po Bioraznoobrazie i Ekosistemni Izsledvaniya Balgarska Akademiya Na Naukite (BG), Institute of Oceanology-Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BG), Institutul National de Cercetare-Dezvoltare Marina Grigore Antipa (RO), Istanbul University (TR), a.o. Kovalevsky Institute of Biology of Southern Seas (UA), Marine Hydrophysical Institute-Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences (UA), Odessa National I.I. Mechnikov University (UA), p.p. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of Russian Academy of Sciences (RU), Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (GE), National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (EG), Institut National De Recherche Halieutique (MA), CLU srl (IT), ECOLOGIC INSTITUT gemeinnützige GmbH (DE)

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