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VECTORS : Vectors of Change in Oceans and Seas Marine Life, Impact on Economic Sectors


VECTORS aims to improve our understanding of how environmental and man-made factors are impacting marine ecosystems now and how they will do so in the future. The project is addressing invasives, outbreaks and changes in fisheries distribution and productivity - in a sea with changing pressures including marine renewables, climate change, ocean acidification, fisheries and shipping. VECTORS will also examine how these changes will affect the range of goods and services provided by the oceans, the ensuing socio-economic impacts and some of the measures that could be developed to mitigate or adapt to these changes. VECTORS is therefore focused on the Ecosystem Approach in the strictest sense in which humans are an integral part of the ecosystem. The project views that the overall aim of marine management is to deliver economic goods and services for the benefit of society while at the same time maintaining, enhancing and protecting ecological goods and services.
VECTORS will address a complex array of interests comprising areas of concern for marine life, biodiversity, sectoral interests, regional seas, and academic disciplines as well as the interests of stakeholders. The project will also ensure that the links and interactions between these areas of interest are explored, explained, modelled and communicated effectively to the relevant stakeholders. Indeed, VECTORS will also develop a common, spatially-explicit cross-sector model framework (sensu ATLANTIS) which will link all of the key research within VECTORS. A further goal is to produce regular synthesis reports of the project's progress and results. The implications of the project's findings will be summarised and disseminated to the policymaker and stakeholder audience. VECTORS is structured in eight work packages:
• WP1: Pressures of change
• W2: Mechanisms of change
• WP3: Impacts and implications of change
• WP4: Regional seas case studies
• WP5: Projections of impacts of change
• WP6: Synthesis for policymakers and stakeholders
• WP7: Internal and external dissemination and knowledge transfer
• WP8: Coordination and management

The VECTORS project will inform the development and implementation of forthcoming strategies, policies and regulations such as the International Maritime Organization Convention on Ballast Water Management, the EU Maritime Policy and the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

Project information

Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK)

Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK), The University Court of the University of St Andrews (UK), Acondicionamiento Tarrasense Associacion (ES), Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Scienze del Mare – CONISMA (IT), Johann Heinrich von Thuenen-Institut, Bundesforschungsinstitut fuer Landliche Raume, Wald und Fischerei (DE), University College Dublin (IE), Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek (NL), Tartu ülikool - EMI-UT (EE), Wageningen Universiteit (NL), Deltares (NL), The secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs – Cefas (UK), University of Hull (UK), Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche - CNR-IAMC (IT), Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Limited (IL), Institut Francais de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer – IFREMER (FR), Aalborg Universitet (DK), Universita di Pisa (IT), Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas – CSIC (ES), Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei – FEEM (IT), Universitaet Hamburg – UHAM (DE), Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DK), Gollasch Stephan - Gollasch Consult (DE), Universite de Bretagne Occidentale (FR), Bangor University (UK), Klaipedos Universitetas (LT), Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (GR), Instytut Oceanologii - Polskiej Akademii Nauk (PL), Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen – KNAW (NL), Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (UK), Università degli Studi di Pavia (IT), Institut Superieur des Science Agronomiques, A, horticoles et du Paysage – AGRO (FR), Universite de Rouen (FR), Community of European Shipyards Associations – CESA (BE), Univerza v Ljubljani (SI), Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale – OGS (IT), Institut Fuer Ostseeforschung Warnemuende an der Universitaet Rostock (DE), Aarhus Universitet - NERI (DK)

Source of funding
EC Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)

Reference information



MSFD, Marine ecosystems, ballast water, biodiversity, ecosystem goods, ecosystem service, fisheries, human pressure, invasive species, ocean acidification, outbreaks



Climate impacts

Extreme Temperatures


Vulnerability Assessment, Adaptation Measures and Actions


Biodiversity, Coastal areas, Marine and Fisheries

Geographic characterization


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