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Mission Atlantic

Towards the Sustainable Development of the Atlantic Ocean: Mapping and Assessing the present and future status of Atlantic marine ecosystems under the influence of climate change and exploitation.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Lead organization: Denmark's Technical University (DTU)​

​Duration: 2020–​2025

ICES contacts: ​

Harald Hasler-Sheetal, Science Department Professional Officer​​
Alondra Rodriguez​, Science Programme Projects Officer

​Project objectives:

The aim of the project is to map and assess the current and future risks from climate change, natural hazards and human activities to Atlantic ecosystems. Mission Atlantic will be the first initiative to develop and systematically apply Integrated Ecosystem Assessments (IEAs) at all Atlantic basin scale.

This IEA approach engages scientists, marine stakeholders, and resource managers, integrating all components of the ecosystem, including human activity, into the decision-making process. In this way, managers and policy makers informed by science, can balance the need for environmental protection with secure, sustainable development, thereby ensuring a positive future for the Atlantic Ocean and its peoples.

ICES main role: 
  • addressing IEA data availability
  • improving professional skills and competences across the Atlantic in support of IEA approaches
  • consulting key stakeholders around the whole Atlantic basin​

This project has received funding from the ​​​European Commission - Horizon 2020​​ research and innovation programme under grant agreement no  862428.

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​Tourism, maritime transport, and small-scale fisheries are among the human activities to be assessed by Mission Atlantic. Photo: Buzios, Brazil by Patrizio Mariani ​​

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