Progress beyond the scientific state-of-the-art

MESOPP will contributes to:

  • Better understanding and modelling of the marine carbon cycle in the Southern Ocean;
  • Better understanding and quantification of ocean mesopelagic biomass which is clearly at stake for some countries in terms of bio-economy and blue growth potential;
  • Better understanding of large predators ecology, mostly protected species like marine mammals and sea birds, which behaviour and population dynamics are changing progressively under the impact of climate change.

Environmental and societal impacts – policy dialogue

With already ongoing exploitation of krill for aquaculture or industrial food, the exploitation of other micronekton species or group of species (e.g., myctophids) could become a critical issue for ecosystem-based management. An unregulated or uncontrolled overexploitation of such biomass concurring to a potential significant decrease of micronekton stocks could have a dangerous impact at many levels. MESOPP is organised for a scientific dialogue with the policies key players, bringing science to front and listening to policies to prioritize science in time.

Expand the MESOPP approach

MESOPP is designed to integrate from start implementation activities as pilots so that the methodology and tools can be expanded in time and scale .
The project will search to enlarge the discussion, cooperation and implementation in time addressing several other topics such as:

  • the improvement of the in situ observations linking acoustic with other sensors from biogeochemistry or ocean physics;
  • the development of the models for the global scale but also at basin scale increasing spatial and temporal resolution of the models including possible coupling and  downscaling;
  • the extension of the approach to other marine species of particular environmental or economic interests such as small pelagic, or smaller habitats;
  • the specialisation of models and projections per use: targeting short term forecast and decadal forecasts for policy makers while developing other initiatives coupled to climate initiatives requiring both long time reanalysis and also centennial projections in line with IPCC climate scenarios.
  • the extension and further integration of data e-infrastructures related to marine ecosystem, oceanography and marine biology.

Possible convergence with the Copernicus and GEOSS programs

Both at European level and Australian level, the MESOPP partners cooperate and benefit already from the Copernicus programme. Modellers and scientists in charge of case studies use directly observations and projections provided by the Copernicus Marine Service.

Work proposed on data e-infrastructure and international standardisation of data such as the acoustic data will be a first step towards a MESOPP contribution to the DGs tools in place like EMODNET or DG MARE checkpoints.

The ambition to enlarge the international dimension

MESOPP is proposed between Europe and Australia. The MESOPP partners are willing to enlarge the group and discussion to other Countries.

Shared innovation with industry

Industry is a direct contributor and beneficiary of such marine science. The development of in situ observation sensors and platforms for oceanography and now for biogeochemistry and biology is mainly driven by industry worldwide based on usually leading edge technologies. The development of the marine ecosystem research community and associated tools will have a direct positive impact to foster innovation in industry, including SMEs.