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The University of Southampton
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Research project: Drivers of trends and regime shifts in ocean phytoplankton and zooplankton (TROPHYZ)

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Understanding and characterizing marine regime shifts – from the bottom-up

Over long-timescales, the Earth’s climate system and ecosystem often exhibit non-linear behaviour and abrupt changes, the latter especially challenging societies ability to adapt. In marine ecosystems, regime shifts can be induced by environmental forcing and variability or can also be generated randomly from within the system, with implications on their predictability. Marine regime shifts may be detectable earlier in plankton than in upper trophic levels.

TROPHYZ (Drivers of trends and regime shifts in ocean phytoplankton and zooplankton) aims to investigate the presence of trends, abrupt changes and thresholds in ocean phytoplankton and zooplankton abundance and identify the mechanisms responsible for those changes, in an integrative manner. More specifically, the key objectives are: 1) to identify which marine ecosystems are exhibiting abrupt changes in phytoplankton and zooplankton abundance, 2) to identify the mechanisms responsible for the abrupt changes and 3) to evaluate our potential to predict abrupt changes in phytoplankton and zooplankton abundance.

Key Contacts

Claudie Beaulieu, PI
Aikaterini Giamalacki
Renata Stella Khouri

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Funding

This research is supported by a Marie Curie FP7-Reintegration-Grants within the 7th European Community Framework Programme 

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Physical Oceanography
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