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Here, the participating institutes and their expertise in research areas related to SEAMAN are presented:

University of Bergen (UiB) / Geophysical Institute (GFI)

The research group at the GFI (affiliated to the UiB) has long experience in developing coupled physical-biological and biogeochemical models for various regional sea systems. The ECOSMO modelling system, the primary modelling tool of the group, consists of a hydrodynamic-sea ice model core and various modules, such as a NPZD-module (Schrum et al., 2006), a carbonchemistry module (Blackford and Gilbert, 2007), a pollution fate and transport module (Green et al., 2011) and various Lagrangian egg and early larvae IBMs (statistical and deterministic, a.o. Daewel et al., 2011; Christensen et al., 2007). The group members moreover developed a first approach to link higher trophic IBMs to functional type NPZD models (Daewel et al.,2008). The group has compiled multi-decadal hindcast model simulations and made the model data available to a wider research community (wgoofe), the ECOSMO tools were utilized by the Norwegian Pollution Assessment Program (Tilførsel).

Institute of Marine Research (IMR)

The IMR, with about 700 employees and 2500 ship days per year, is a national governmental institution under the Ministry of Fisheries in Norway with a brief for ecosystem monitoring and research for better management of marine ecosystems and aquaculture. IMR is involved in a wide spectrum of activities (field and modeling) and disciplines related to ecosystem dynamics (primary/secondary production, HABs, fish larval growth), bio-physical interactions, and climate. IMR hosts the Norwegian Marine Data center. In the present project, the Oceanography research group will play major roles, providing experts in monitoring the ocean, coupled physical, chemical and biological ocean modelling, on ecosystem and stock dynamics and general microbiology.

Nansen Environmental Remote Sensing Center (NERSC)

The NERSC is an independent research foundation (affiliated to the UiB) performing oceanographic research. Within ocean modelling. NERSC developed the TOPAZ system which provides forecasts and reanalyses of physical and biogeochemical parameters in the North Atlantic and Arctic (Bertino and Lisæter, 2008). Annette Samuelsen has worked with coupled physical-biological modelling (Hansen and Samuelsen, 2009; Samuelsen et al., 2009) for more than 10 years. Her research has been focused on how physical ocean dynamics influences and shapes the marine ecosystem (Samuelsen et al., in prep.; Hansen et al., 2010). For the past few years she has worked on developing the biogeochemical part of the forecast-system in MyOcean. Laurent Bertino is the Research Director of the Mohn-Sverdrup Center and expert in charge of the TOPAZ operational system with 15 years of experience in data assimilation and marine environmental statistics (Bertino et al., 2003). He currently leads the eVITA-EnKF grant from the RCN for multidisciplinary applications of data assimilation and the Arctic Marine Forecasting Center in the European MyOcean II project.

French Research Institute for the exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer)

Ifremer is a public body and has an entirely maritime remit. Ifremer personnel involved in the project are from several Ifremer units : STH (Sciences and Technology for Fisheries), EMH (Ecology and Models for Fisheries) and DYNECO, working together for many years now in interdisciplinary studies, related to integrated ecosystem approaches and modelling in french coastal waters. Dyneco has been developing a coupled physical-biological modelling system ECO-MARS3D (Lazure and Dumas, 2008; Huret et al., 2012) in the Bay of Biscay and English Channel region, which is running in operational mode ( Recently, a long term hindcast run of this model was performed. Several larval fish IBM have now been coupled to this model (Huret et al., 2010; Rochette and Huret, 2011) and an extension to full life cycle modelling is under development. In addition, the group has strong expertise in data collection and management (fields studies, acoustics, individual markers), as well as in spatial and temporal analysis with statistics in relation with fisheries management (Petitgas and Poulard, 2009) and ecosystem monitoring (Woillez et al., 2009).

University of Iceland (UoI)

The MARICE research group at the University of Iceland is an international group of professors, post docs and PhD students who have focused on a variety of topics ranging from construction of hydrodynamic models for the Icelandic/North Atlantic region to ecological and behavioural physiology of many marine fish and invertebrate species. Because of its national and international economic importance, much of the ongoing work focuses on Atlantic cod as a model species (see In addition to MARICE personnel, scientists at the Marine Research Institute (MRI, will also participate and provide their expertise and data through a collaborative agreement that has been made between MARICE and the MRI. One of the new post docs to be hired in this project will be positioned at the Institute.

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Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR)

The HCMR is a governmental research organization operating under the auspices of the General Secretariat of Research and Technology (Ministry of Development). It has the mandate to promote basic research in all fields of aquatic environment and to deliver comprehensive scientific and technical support to the public. It is now composed by the following three Institutes: Oceanography, Marine Biological Resources & Inland Waters, Marine Biology, Genetics & Aquaculture. The project contribution will be provided by staff from the Institute of Oceanography (IO) and the Institute of Marine Biological Resources & Inland Waters (IMBR). The IO has significant experience in Operational Oceanography and the development of ecosystem models. It is the institution responsible for the further development and implementation of the IBM for the Mediterranean Sea. The IMBR is a major Fisheries Institute of the Mediterranean Sea specialized in numerous aspects of Fisheries Ecology and Management. It is the Institution responsible for the collection and management of fisheries data in Greece, for carrying out the direct surveys, including acoustic and egg production (DEPM) surveys for small pelagic fish and for producing assessments of the stocks.