EASMO is an international interdisciplinary project that addresses the interface among climate change, biodiversity, and society. The consortium and research plan are tailored to provide new knowledge and connect it directly to governance and decision-making processes in the eastern tropical Pacific, a region in the spotlight of global fish productivity, vulnerability to overfishing, and human reliance on the sea. The Norwegian partner in the project will be responsible for delivering contemporary and future projections of environmental conditions in the studied domain. This information will be used to determine the consequence of climate change on species well-being and to investigate the societal impacts across the region’s countries.
In Norway, we will develop a high-resolution coupled regional climate model, customized for the eastern tropical Pacific region. The model will include ocean biogeochemistry, allowing us to comprehensively study the impact of anthropogenic climate change on physical and biogeochemical variables such as temperature, oxygen, nutrient, and pH, which are important drivers for fish in the region. The project started on 1st of Aril 2021 and a project first all-staff meeting was held in January 2021. We have recently recruited a 2-years postdoc, who has started the configuring and testing the first model setup.
Eastern Tropical Pacific reef fish on the move: biodiversity reorganisation and societal consequences
01.04.21 - 31.03.24