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MarBEF Workshop on Data Treatment on Valuation of Marine Biodiversity

Location: Faro (Portugal)
Event Type: Workshop
Event Date: 2008-04-07    
End Date: 2008-04-11

Event Description:
The workshop on Data Treatment on Valuation of Marine Biodiversity complements the data collection that took place along the Summer of 2007, on the six case studies of the MarBEF Theme 3 RMP – Decision Support System for the Marine Environment. That data collection was accomplished by postgraduate students that attended a MarBEF training course held in April 2007 in Faro. The objective of the workshop is to:

1. analyse the data to seek broad patterns spatially across data sets and between the different types of valuations, with students and MarBEF PI’s collaborating together and
2. create an informal opportunity to discuss draft papers already produced by the students and their supervisors.

Venue: Faculdade de Ciências do Mar, Universidade do Algarve, Faro, Portugal.

- Improve the group ethos: This work shop provides an opportunity for cross disciplinary joint research.
-Create or facilitate access to resources: The workshop will enable the analysis of data that collected and compiled for each case study. Data will be made available in MarBEF databases.
- Promote collaborative research: The workshop will directly stimulate the creation of teams with the right mix of skills, expertise and resources to undertake interdisciplinary research on marine ecosystems.
- Promote communication: The workshop will promote cross-disciplinary communication amongst researchers across the MarBEF community.
- Create a forum for and end-users: Refereed papers written will be of interest to policy makers, managers and other scientists. Findings and recommendations will stimulate discussions among various end users.

Contact email:

Event programme:
We will start with a plan for day 1 and then create a more formal structure for presentations, as required, as the week goes on.

Programme Day 1 -

1. Objectives of the data analysis workshop
a) 10 minutes outline presented by Mel Austen
b) round table discussion on what others would like to achieve during the week

Time slots will be allocated as appropriate and as the need appears for plenary presentations on results, ongoing papers, issues etc. so this will be a good time to raise any requirements for help etc.

2. Three short (10-15 minute) presentations - on what the data is, and how it is structured (electronically) and if known - what are the difficulties with the current data analysis that have been done- NOT results from economic, cultural and biological valuation (we had these in Paris) -

a) Economic valuation data (Adrianna)
b) Cultural valuation data (Alyne and David Meek)
c) Biological valuation data (Steven Degraer)

Then participants will divide up into groups for the areas they are interested in working in (not necessarily for the whole day/week) but preferably all stay together in one room, and start discussing what needs to be done and doing it.

Plenary sessions where smaller groups get together and indicate their progress should happen before lunch and again at the end of the day (or possibly first thing in the morning, depending on how things are flowing).

And that's it for the rest of the week!

If students have papers that they wish to discuss, then they should bring them, and any informal presentations, and as the week unfolds, the best times to address these will become clearer.

Collaborators and organisers:
Departamento de Oceanografia e Pescas da Universidade dos Açores e Faculdade das Ciências do Mar da Universidade do Algarve.

Website url: 

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: WP5 - Socio-economics

Maximum number of participants: 

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: No

Posted by wardappeltans on 2008-03-14 and approved by webmaster