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Theme 1 Worskshop on How to Detect Changes in Biodiversity – Concepts, Methods and Tools

Location: Laboratoire Océanographie Biologique de Banyuls,
Event Type: Workshop
Event Date: 2005-02-02    
End Date: 2005-02-04

Event Description:
Workshop conducted within the MarBEF European Network of Excellence.
In parallel with gathering and interpreting marine biodiversity data we need to further develop the methodology to detect past and on-going changes in marine biodiversity. Many methods are available which are suitable for various purposes. We also need to know how data were collected (e.g. what sampling equipment was used, were all taxa identified etc.) when integrating datasets from different sources.
The workshop should be the starting point to gain a broad overview regarding concepts and methodology, and their application to monitor and track changes at different scales (temporal and spatial) in various European regions. It further is aimed at starting to identify specific indicators and tools to examine anthropogenic impacts on biodiversity.

Suggested topics will be:
•To review existing knowledge regarding practicable methods and indicator species to detect changes in biodiversity and their application (e.g. Water Framework Directive)
•To gain an overview on concepts and strategies to track changes in biodiversity taking into account different habitats, trophic levels and geographic regions
•To develop a database on manuals/protocols (e.g. international/national guidelines or SOPs) of agreed methodology and procedures. Linking datasets submitted to MarBEF to these procedures will help to ensure that data are not used inappropriately.
•To reach agreement on concepts and appropriate methods to be applied using information from selected locations (e.g. LTBR-sites) to assess long-term changes (natural or due to anthropogenic impacts).

The three-day workshop will consist of plenary sessions and sub-group discussions. In order to stimulate the discussion, participants are invited to present results, methods, concepts or ideas concerning the assessment of changes in biodiversity. The sub-group discussions should serve to summarise the existing knowledge, to identify gaps and how they could be filled within MarBEF (e.g. via the different RMPs) and to draw some overall conclusions. A further out-come should be a review paper summarising some of the main concepts and approaches, guidelines and a database (web-based) on manuals and protocols.

Please send your registration and a short abstract of your oral presentation (up to 200 words, no graphs, no references, Times Roman font 12 pt) as soon as possible and no later than Dec 12, 2004 to Anne-Lise Fleddum,
Those who have registered will receive a second announcement with further details, e.g. preliminary program, hotel information .

MARBEF partners can use their MARBEF budget to participate in the workshop.

Interesting background documents are available from the restricted area (accessible to MarBEF members with webuser account). Go to review papers

Contact email:

Event programme:
will be announced later

Collaborators and organisers:

Doris Schiedek, Baltic Sea Research Institute Warnemünde, Germany

Antoine Grémare, Laboratoire d'Océanographie Biologique de Banyuls, France

Keith Cooper, Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), Burnham-on-Crouch, UK.

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Registration form: 

Registration fee: 

Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF:  

Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

MarBEF supported event: Yes

Event within Framework of MARBEF: WP3 - Global Patterns

Maximum number of participants: 

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: No

Posted by Schiedek on 2004-11-15 and approved by webmaster