Shrinking sea-ice cover in the Arctic Ocean is already causing increased primary production, but the scope for this to affect higher trophic levels and charismatic megafauna such as whales, seals and polar bears, is extremely uncertain and hard to predict.
In this project we will employ mathematics and computer science to predict the likely flows of nutrient through the marine food web, from microbes to megafauna, as the physical environment in the Atlantic Arctic changes.
A key objective is to examine trade-offs between the harvesting of fish and invertebrates in order to sustain Arctic communities, and cultural values (reputation, tourism) arising from the abundances of marine megafauna in the pristine Arctic environment.
Professor Mike Heath, Lead Investigator of MiMeMo:
On 30 November 2017, 10 major fishing nations agreed not to develop fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean for at least the next 16 years, to give time for development of scientific understanding before fisheries are established. This was a hugely important decision, and our project will directly address these issues.
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Professor Mike Heath
Co-lead investigator, University of Strathclyde
My current research interests are the mathematical and statistical modelling of fish populations and fisheries, and the dynamics of ecosystems. I am co-lead investigator of the MiMeMo project, and a co-investigator on the DIAPOD project.
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Dr Ute Daewel
Co-lead investigator, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Materials and Coastal Research
My main research interests are focused on investigating biological-physical interactions effecting different trophic levels of the ecosystem by developing and utilizing relevant coupled model systems. One major purpose of my recent research is to overcome the limitations of lower-trophic-level models for simulating and understanding changes in the marine food web and higher trophic level production by developing the consistently formulated E2E model framework ECOSMO E2E. I am a co-lead investigator in the MiMeMo project.
UK and Germany combine forces to fund crucial Arctic science
For the first time, the UK and Germany have joined forces to investigate the impact of climate change on the Arctic Ocean. The UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) have jointly invested almost £8 million in 12 new projects to carry… Read more03 July 2018