The EU project Vectors of Change in Oceans and Seas Marine Life, Impact on Economic Sectors (VECTORS) will investigate the drivers, pressures and vectors that cause change in marine life, the mechanisms by which they do so, and the impacts that they have on ecosystem structures and functioning, and on the economics of associated marine sectors and society.
VECTORS is a multidisciplinary large-scale integrated European Project supported within the Ocean of Tomorrow call of the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme, which aims to improve our understanding of how environmental and man-made factors are impacting marine ecosystems now and how they will do so in the future. The project will examine how these changes will affect the range of goods and services provided by the oceans, the ensuing socio-economic impacts and some of the measures that could be developed to reduce or adapt to these changes.
VECTORS studies three regional seas, the North Sea, Baltic and Western Mediterranean. VECTORS aims to:
- better understand the mechanisms of changes in marine life and how human activity drives them;
- to determine the impacts of changes in marine life on ecosystems, their structure and functioning, the services they provide, as well as the economic and societal implications;
- to collate understanding of the different current and potential future pressures and vectors of change in the marine environment;
- to project the future changes and consequences of multi-sectoral human activities in the marine environment under future possible scenarios of adaptation and mitigation;
- synthesise the derived information into innovative, predictive management tools and strategies targeted to different policy makers and other stakeholders.