ATLAS 3rd General Assembly group with ATLAS beanies, Mallorca April 2018

Find here the 3rd ATLAS General Assembly presentations with video recordings and posters.

Georgios Kazanidis (ATLAS) with Eliana Ferretti (MERCES/SponGES projects) at WCMB2018

The 4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity (WCMB) took place in Montréal, Canada this year. Running from 13–16 May, WCMB is the major focal assembly to share research outcomes, management and policy issues, and discussions on the role of biodiversity in sustaining ocean ecosystems.

Het programma van de NICO expeditie foto NICO

ATLAS colleagues Dick van Oevelen and Evert de Froe have recently returned from a research cruise. Read more about them at their cruise blog here.

A Dutch newspaper, Omroep Zeeland, also featured an article on the cruise. Read more about it below.

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Children learning “to be coral scientists" during ocean week on the Azores (IMAR-UAz) 

This one-day symposium on 12 May 2018 is aimed at scientists, practitioners, policy makers and representatives of civil society with expertise and interest in the future of these area-based management tools (ABMTs) in the North Atlantic, and will take place immediately before the 4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity. Presentations will highlight emerging results from ATLAS, and the status of ABMTs informed by predicted shifts in ecosystem dynamics will be reviewed. Discussions will highlight opportunities and processes for adaptive management and recommend future priorities and directions.

ATLAS is delighted to announce we have secured a session at The ICES Annual Science Conference 2018 (24 - 27 September, Hamburg, Germany) and we would like as many of you to submit your abstracts.

Theme G: Ocean basin-scale research and management: challenges and opportunities

Conven​ers: J. Murray Roberts (United Kingdom) and Ellen Kenchington (Canada)

Deadline: 19 March 2018

Submit your abstract here

This session will explore the themes emerging as both the marine scientific and management communities embrace assessments of ecosystem connectivity, biogeography, and function at broader geographical scales. Research and policy development at ocean basin scale has been driven by the realization that climatic change and human impacts are rapidly altering marine ecosystems at the same time as governments seek to promote increased economic output from the marine environment. This broad context sets a considerable challenge and opportunity for marine science, industry, management and policy to shape the frameworks through which Blue Growth can be achieved.

During December 2017, ATLAS researchers Marina Carrerio-Silva (IMAR – University the Azores) and Lenaick Menot (Ifremer) and ATLAS PhD students Berta Ramiro Sanchez(University of Edinburgh) Yaiza Santana (IMAR – University the Azores) and Crisitina Gutiérrez-Zárate (IEO) attended the International training workshop on the identification of corals from image data at Plymouth University. 

Hi!  My name is Emma, I am the new ATLAS project Officer at Dynamic Earth and I’m part of Work Package 9 (Dissemination, Knowledge Transfer and Outreach). As part of my role at Dynamic Earth, I’ll be developing and designing educational materials based on the outcomes of ATLAS.  Last month, I was lucky enough to get to attend the Science Uncovered Oceans Night at the Natural History Museum in London.  It was part of European Researcher’s Night and I got to chat to loads of fascinating people in the EU café including people working on ocean currents, the SponGES project and even the medical effects of micro-plastics.  I also got to hear the amazing story of Hope, the Blue Whale skeleton which has replaced ‘Dippy’ the Diplodocus.  There was a brilliant mix of things to see and do from a range of organisations as well as the Museum’s collections.  It has certainly given me plenty of great ideas of how to get the highlights of ATLAS research out to the general public!

ATLAS is hosting a workshop at the 4th Atlantic Stakeholder Conference next week in Glasgow. The ATLAS workshop will illustrate how decision-making scenarios for ocean governance can be developed through better understanding of social challenges, better environmental mapping, climate change monitoring, as well as analysing existing and emerging human activities. The objective of the workshop is to provide participants with a holistic overview of the data gathering process within ATLAS.

Marine related research, policy and industry representatives came together to discuss effective North-South Atlantic Ocean collaboration during a session on “Trans North Atlantic Research and Prospects for South Atlantic Partnership”, which took place immediately before the high-level ministerial and scientific event “A New Era of Blue Enlightenment” on 12 July 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal. 

The EU Horizon 2020 project ATLAS, along with sister projects SponGES, and MERCES, organised the session hosted by Prof Ricardo Serrão Santos, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP). The session reconfirmed commitment on international marine scientific research efforts, in both the North and South Atlantic. Presentations also noted efforts by regional fisheries management organisations to implement the United Nation’s General Assembly (UNGA) resolutions on managing high seas fisheries to protect and conserve deep-sea ecosystems and species.

Georgios Kazanidis (University of Edinburgh) was delighted to attend the First MERCES Annual meeting (20-22 June 2017, Heraklion-Crete) to present an overview of ATLAS at the Open Science Session. Workpackage leaders Anthony Grehan (NUI Galway) and Telmo Morato (IMAR UAz) were also in attendance as both are also involved in the MERCES project.

MERCES is one of ATLAS’ sister projects (the second being SponGES) and is on the restoration of different degraded marine habitats, with the aim of: 1) assessing the potential of different technologies and approaches; 2) quantifying the returns in terms of ecosystems services and their socio-economic impacts; 3) defining the legal-policy and governance frameworks needed to optimize the effectiveness of the different restoration approaches. Specific aims include: a) improving existing, and developing new, restoration actions of degraded marine habitats; b) increasing the adaptation of EU degraded marine habitats to global change; c) enhancing marine ecosystem resilience and services; d) conducting cost-benefit analyses for marine restoration measures; e) creating new industrial targets and opportunities.To find out more about MERCES please visit their project website

PrepCom4, the fourth and most likely final meeting of the Preparatory Committee for ocean biodiversity established by the United Nation’s General Assembly (UNGA), will convene from 10-21 July 2017 at the UN Headquarters in New York. This session aims to finalise a set of substantive recommendations to inform negotiations on a legally binding instrument on the “conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ)” under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), UNGA resolution 69/292 from 2015.

Testing new oxygen sensors (combined with sensors to measure temperature, salinity and pressure) at SAMS’ Scottish Marine Robotics Facility, alongside two of its gliders © Estelle Dumont.

The Royal Research Ship Discovery crew recently deployed high-technology biogeochemical sensors onto existing ‘Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Program’ (OSNAP) moorings in the Rockall Trough in the north Atlantic Ocean. By taking continuous measurements in this important yet remote location, the sensors will contribute much needed long-term biogeochemical data to further our understanding of the interactions occurring in our ocean.

This high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development was convened at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day, to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. David Johnson, Ronan Long, Jake Rice and Murray Roberts were all in attendance with ATLAS featured in two side events

A special session “Cold-water corals in a changing ocean“ has been organised at the European Coral Reef Symposium by Cova Orejas, Christine Ferrier-Pagès, Stephanie Reynaud & J. Murray Roberts. This conference will be held in Oxford, UK, from the 13th to the 15th December 2017.

The abstract deadline is June 30 and all conference details & the abstract submission system can be found here: