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Combined Effect of Changing Hydroclimate and Human Activity on Coastal Ecosystem Health

Dutch title: Gecombineerde effecten van hydroklimaatsveranderingen en menselijke activiteiten op het kustecosysteem
Parent project: Science for a Sustainable Development
Reference no: SD/NS/03A
Acronym: AMORE III
Period: December 2006 till January 2011
Status: Completed
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Institutes (5)  Top | Publication | Datasets 
  • Université Libre de Bruxelles; École Interfacultaire de Bioingénieurs; Laboratoire d'Écologie des Systèmes Aquatiques (ESA), co-ordinator
    • Lancelot, Christiane, co-ordinator
    • Rousseau, Véronique, co-ordinator
  • Onderzoeksdomein Visserij, partner
    • Delbare, Daan, partner
    • Derveaux, Sabrine
  • Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen; Departement Beheer van het Mariene Ecosysteem; Beheerseenheid Mathematisch Model Noordzee en Schelde-estuarium; Brussel (KBIN-BMM), partner
    • Ruddick, Kevin, partner
  • Université de Mons; Faculté des Sciences; Département de Biologie; Service d'Écologie Numérique des Milieux Aquatiques, partner
    • Grosjean, Philippe, partner
  • Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO), sponsor

AMORE III address the dual control of changing human activity and climate on eutrophication in the Belgian coastal zone ( and the feedback effect on goods (newly-deployed offshore mussel farming) and services (atmospheric CO2 absorption).
As a scientific contribution towards the sustainable use of, AMORE III aims to provide new ecological knowledge, develop new technology and upgrade the existing 3D-MIRO&CO ecological model to:

  • Assess the dual role of changing hydro-climate and nutrient river loads in determining the geographical spreading and the magnitude of Phaeocystis blooms in as well as the role of the coastal area as buffer of increased atmospheric CO2; predict how these features might change in the near future (2015) based on realistic scenarios of changing climate and river nutrient loads;
  • Assess the impact of Phaeocystis colony spreading on offshore mussel farming and make recommendations for an optimized management;
  • Define ecological quality criteria for measuring ecosystem changes and the effectiveness of management and policy applications.

Datasets (2)  Top | Institutes | Publication 
  • AMORE III: Combined Effect of Changing Hydroclimate and Human Activity on Coastal Ecosystem Health: phytoplankton species densities, nutrients and chlorophyll a concentrations in the Belgian coastal zone (2007-2009), more
  • Phytoplankton of the Belgian Continental shelf gathered by the ULB, more

Publication  Top | Institutes | Datasets 
  • Lancelot, C. et al. (2009). Combined effect of changing hydroclimate and human activity on coastal ecosystem health. AMORE III (Advanced MOdeling and Research on eutrophication) project. Final Report phase 1. Belgian Science Policy: Brussels. 36 pp.

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