Frontiers Research Topic: Managing Deep-sea Ecosystems at Ocean Basin Scale 

Project Deliverables

Work Package 1

Deliverable 1.1. Lagrangian connectivity of North Atlantic ecosystems 

Work Package 2

Deliverable 2.1. Compilation of existing physiological data on CWC response to different conditions of food supply and oceanographic change scenarios 

Work Package 3


Work Package 4

Deliverable 4.1. Reproductive tissue collections for ATLAS 

Deliverable 4.2. Connectivity tissue collections for ATLAS 

Work Package 5

Deliverable 5.1 Inventory of Ecosystem Services in Case Study Areas 

Deliverable 5.2 Expert assessment of risks to ecosystem services from diverse human drivers in the Atlantic deep sea 

Work Package 6

Deliverable 6.1. Marine Spatial Planning goals and operational objectives 

Work Package 7 

Deliverable 7.1. Policy Stakeholder Engagement report 

Deliverable 7.2. Report on priorities for an expert assessment of North Atlantic MPAs, EBSAs, and VMEs in ABNJ 

Deliverable 7.4: ATLAS Policy Brief: recognising connectivity and climate change impacts as essential elements for an effective North Atlantic MPA network

Work Package 8

Deliverable 8.1. Data Management Plan 

Work Package 9

Deliverable 9.1. Dissemination and Exploitation Plan (DEP) 

Deliverable 9.2. Dissemination Portfolio 

Work Package 10

Deliverable 10.1. Project Management Handbook Version 2 

Deliverable 10.2. Ethical Methods Statement 

Deliverable 10.3. Environmental and Animal Ethical Report No.1 

Deliverable 10.4. 2nd Environmental and Animal Ethical Report 


ATLAS response to the Environmental Audit Committee of the UK Government's Consultation on Sustainable Seas Lead author Rachel Boschen-Rose, with contributions received from Alan Fox, David Johnson, Georgios Kazanidis, Murray Roberts, Peter Spooner, David Thornalley and Phillip Weaver.

ATLAS Submission to the International Seabed Authority regarding draft regulations for exploitation Lead author Rachel Boschen-Rose, with contributions received from David Johnson, Sophie Arnaud-Haond, Dick van Oevelen, Anthony Grehan, Murray Roberts & Alex Rogers.

Aanesen and Armstrong (2019) Trading off co-produced ecosystem services – Natural resource industries versus other use and non-use ecosystem service values. Frontiers in Marine Science 

Armstrong C W et al. (2017) Use and Non-Use Values in an Applied Bioeconomic Model of Fisheries and Habitat Connections. Marine Resource Economics 

Ashford O S et al. (2018) Phylogenetic and functional evidence suggests that deep-ocean ecosystems are highly sensitive to environmental change and direct human disturbance. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B Biological Sciences,       

Attard K M et al. (2018) Seasonal metabolism and carbon export potential of a key coastal habitat: the perennial canopy-forming macroalga Fucus vesiculosus. Limnology & Oceanography 64, 1:149-164

Boavida J et al. (2019) Out of the Mediterranean? Post‐glacial colonization pathways varied among cold‐water coral species Journal of Biogeography 2019; 46:915–931

Carreiro-Silva M et al. (2017) Zoantharians (Hexacorallia: Zoantharia) Associated with Cold-Water Corals in the Azores Region: New Species and Associations in the Deep Sea. Frontiers in Marine Science 

Canonico et al. (2019) Global Observational Needs and Resources for Marine Biodiversity. Frontiers in Marine Science

Cormier R et al. (2016) Moving from ecosystem-based policy objectives to operational implementation of ecosystem-based management measures. ICES Journal of Marine Science

Crocket K C et al. (2018) Rare Earth Element distribution in the NE Atlantic: Evidence for benthic sources, longevity of the seawater signal, and biogeochemical cycling. Frontiers in Marine Science

De Clippele L H et al. (2016) Using novel acoustic and visual mapping tools to predict the small-scale spatial distribution of live biogenic reef framework in cold-water coral habitats. Coral Reefs    

De Clippele L H et al. (2017) The effect of local hydrodynamics on the spatial extent and morphology of cold-water coral habitats at Tisler Reef, Norway. Coral Reefs

De Clippele L H et al. (2019) The Diversity and Ecological Role of Non-scleractinian Corals (Antipatharia and Alcyonacea) on Scleractinian Cold-Water Coral Mounds Frontiers in Marine Science

Diz D et al. (2017) Mainstreaming marine biodiversity into the SDGs: The role of other effective area-based conservation measures (SDG 14.5). Marine Policy 

Farrell E D et al. (2016) Next Gen Pop Gen: implementing a high-throughput approach to population genetics in boarfish (Capros aper). Royal Society Open Science   

Ferreira M A et al. (2018) Developing a performance evaluation mechanism for Portuguese marine spatial planning using a participatory approach. Journal of Cleaner Production, 180: 913-923.

Fox A D et al. (2016) Sensitivity of marine protected area network connectivity to atmospheric variability. Royal Society Open Science 

Fox A D et al. (2019) An Efficient Multi-Objective Optimization Method for Use in the Design of Marine Protected Area Networks. Frontiers in Marine Science

Frajka-Williams E et al. (2019) Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation: Observed Transport and Variability. Frontiers 

Gallagher J et al. (2018) Mitochondrial D-loop DNA analyses of Norway Lobster (Nephrops norvegicus) reveals genetic isolation between Atlantic and East Mediterranean populations. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 1-8 

Gargan L M et al. (2017) Development of a sensitive detection method to survey pelagic biodiversity using eDNA and quantitative PCR: a case study of devil ray at seamounts. Marine Biology 164:112

Gress E et al. (2017) Lionfish (Pterois spp.) invade the upper-bathyal zone in the western Atlantic. PeerJ 5:e3683  

Hátún H et al. (2017) The subpolar North Atlantic is losing its silicate Nature Scientific Reports 7

Henry L-A et al. (2018) Ocean sprawl facilitates dispersal and connectivity of protected species Nature Scientific Reports 8

Houpert L et al. (2018) Structure and transport of the North Atlantic Current in the eastern subpolar gyre from sustained glider observations. Journal of Geophysical Research   

Johnson D (2019) Protecting the lost city hydrothermal vent system: All is not lost, or is it? Marine Policy 107: 103593    

Johnson D et al. (2018) Climate change is likely to severely limit the effectiveness of deep-sea ABMTs in the North Atlantic. Marine Policy 87: 111-122        

Johnson D E and Kenchington E L (2019) Should potential for climate change refugia be mainstreamed into the criteria for describing EBSAs? Conservation Letters 10.1111

Johnson D et al. (2019) Rockall and Hatton: resolving a super wicked marine governance problem in the high seas of the Northeast Atlantic Ocean Frontiers 

Kazanidis G et al. (2018) Unravelling the versatile feeding and metabolic strategies of the cold-water ecosystem engineer Spongosorites coralliophaga (Stephens, 1915). Deep-Sea Research Part I 

Kazanidis G et al. (2019) Distribution of deep-sea sponge aggregations and the role of environmental variability in the Faroe-Shetland Channel.  Frontiers in Marine Science

Kenchington E et al. Species Distribution Modeling n the Deep Sea. Can. Tech. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 3296: ix + 76 p.

La Beur, L et al. (2019) Baseline Assessment of Marine Debris and Microplastics in the East Mingulay MPA to Determine Good Environmental Status. Frontiers in Marine Science

Long R and Chaves M R  (2015) Anatomy of a new international instrument for marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction: First impressions of the preparatory process. Environmental Liability - Law, Policy and Practice  

Lozier M S et al. (2019) A sea change in our view of overturning in the subpolar North Atlantic. Science, 363 (6426), 516-521

Murray F et al. (2018) Data challenges and opportunities for environmental management of North Sea oil and gas decommissioning in an era of blue growth. Marine Policy

Niner H J et al. (2018) Deep-sea mining with no net loss of biodiversity - an impossible aim. Frontiers in Marine Science vol. 5 article 53

Orejas C & Jiménez C (2017) Book chapter: The Builders of the Oceans – Part I: Coral Architecture from the Tropics to the Poles, from the Shadow to the Deep. In book: Marine Animal Forests, Edition: 2017, Chapter: 10, Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Editors: Sergio Rossi, Lorenzo Bramanti, Andrea Gori, Covadonga Orejas,pp. 627-655

Orejas C et al. (2019) Cold-water coral in aquaria: advances and challenges. A focus on the Mediterranean. Volume of the Springer series: Coral Reefs of the World. Book title: Mediterranean Cold-water corals: past, present and future ISBN 978-3-319-91608-8

Orejas C & Jiménez C (Eds) (2019) Book: Mediterranean Cold-Water Corals: Past, Present and Future ISBN 978-3-319-91607-1

Palomino D et al. (2016) Evidencias de expulsión de fluidos en el complejo Hespérides en el talud medio del Golfo de Cádiz. Geotemas 16:327-330

Rakka M et al (2018) First description of polyp bail-out in cold-water octocorals under aquaria maintenance Coral Reefs

Ramalho L et al. (2018) Three species of Reteporella (Bryozoa: Cheilostomata) in a diapiric and mud volcano field of the Gulf of Cádiz, with the description of Reteporella victori n. sp. Zootaxa 4375(1): 090–104

Ramiro-Sánchez B et al. (2019) Characterization and Mapping of a Deep-Sea Sponge Ground on the Tropic Seamount (Northeast Tropical Atlantic): Implications for Spatial Management in the High Seas. Frontiers in Marine Science 6, 278          

Rogers A D (2018) Chapter Four - The Biology of Seamounts: 25 Years on. Advances in Marine Biology

Rogers A D (2018) Chapter 23: Threats to Seamount Ecosystems and Their Management. In: Sheppard C (Editor) World Seas: An Environmental Evaluation, Vol III: Ecological Issues and Environmental Impacts.

Rossi S et al. (2017) Chapter: Animal Forests of the World: An Overview. In book: Marine Animal Forests, Edition: 2017, Chapter: 1, Springer Intl Publishing, Eds: Sergio Rossi, Lorenzo Bramanti, Andrea Gori, Covadonga Orejas, pp.1-26

Rovelli L et al. (2017) Reach-scale river metabolism across contrasting sub-catchment geologies: Effect of light and hydrology.

Rovelli et al. (2018) Headwater gas exchange quantified from O2 mass balances at the reach scale. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods

Sampaio Í et al. (2016) New name for the soft coral Alcyonium rubrum Stokvis & van Ofwegen, 2006 (Alcyonacea, Alcyoniidae): Alcyonium burmedju nom. n. ZooKeys 619: 163-165  

Sampaio Í et al. (2018) Census of Octocorallia (Cnidaria: Anthozoa) of the Azores (NE Atlantic) with a nomenclature update. Zootaxa.

Sampaio Í et al (2019) Natural history collections as a basis for sound biodiversity assessments: Plexauridae (Octocorallia, Holaxonia) of the Naturalis CANCAP and Tyro Mauritania II expeditions. Zookeys 870: 1-32

Soetaert K et al. (2016) Ecosystem engineering creates a direct nutritional link between 600-m deep cold-water coral mounds and surface productivity. Nature Scientific Reports. 6, 35057.

Sweetman A et al. (2017) Major impacts of climate change on deep-sea benthic ecosystems. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, Vol. 5 (4). 

Taylor M L and Roterman C N (2017) Invertebrate population genetics across Earth's largest habitat: The deep-sea floor. Molecular Ecology. 26:4872–4896.

Thornalley D J R et al. (2018) Anomalously weak Labrador Sea convection and Atlantic overturning during the past 150 years. Nature 556, 227-230

Tinch R (2018) Chapter: 'Debating Nature’s Value: The role of monetary valuation' in book: Book: Debating Nature’s Value, eds Victor Anderson and Rupert Read 

Tinch R et al (2019) Economic valuation of environmental goods and services: a review. Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy

Vad J et al. (2017) Assessing the living and dead proportions of cold-water coral colonies: implications for deep-water Marine Protected Area monitoring in a changing ocean. PeerJ 5:e3705

Vad J et al. (2018) Chapter 2: Potential impacts of offshore oil and gas activities on deep-sea sponges and the habitats they form. Advances in Marine Biology 79: 33-60

van den Beld I M J et al. (2017) Cold-Water Coral Habitats in Submarine Canyons of the Bay of Biscay. Frontiers in Marine Science 4:117 

van Dover C L et al. (2018) Scientific rationale and international obligations for protection of active hydrothermal vent ecosystems from deep-sea mining. Marine Policy. 90: 20 – 28

Van Engeland et al. (2019) Cabled ocean observatory data reveal food supply mechanisms to a cold-water coral reef. Progress in Oceanography, vol 172, 51-64.

van Oevelen et al. (2018) Niche overlap between a cold-water coral and an associated sponge for isotopically-enriched particulate food sources. Plos One

Wright G et al. (2018) Marine Spatial Planning in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction. IDDRI briefing