Phase 1 (2010-2015)



In the first phase, the work was segmented in 5 workpackages (WP) dealing with specific thematic or geographical interfaces of the marine system:   




  • WP1 (hydrodynamical – biogeochemistry interactions) aimed at characterizing the effect of deep water formation on the spatial and temporal evolution of the biogenic elements and the functioning of the pelagic ecosystems.


  • WP2 (biogeochemistry – food web interactions) aimed at assessing the sensitivity and the response of pelagic and benthic species to changing environmental factors, and at gaining more insight into the response of the food chain in terms of community. structure and functioning adaptation.


  • WP3 (continent-ocean interactions) aimed at evaluating the inputs of nutrients, organic matter , and contaminants from the continent to the ocean by rivers, groundwaters, and cities or port, as well as their export to the open-sea, and their impacts on coastal ecosystems.


  • WP4 (atmosphere-ocean interactions) aimed at assessing the interactions between the atmosphere and the ocean in terms of gas, particles and nutrients, and radiative exchanges, and at evaluating their impacts on the ecosystem functioning.


  • WP5 (society-ocean interactions) aimed at synthesizing available biogeochemical and biological data to achieve a fine regionalization of the Mediterranean , and at assessing the link between ecosystem functioning in these ecoregions and human pressures.