The OceanCertain Decision-Support System (OC-DSS)

by Jean-Luc De Kok on December 12, 2017

Businessman pressing an Policy concept button.Together, the combination of a meta-model for the Ocean Food Web, a system dynamics model for the social-economic system and a custom-designed graphical user interface based on ExtendSim® make the OC-DSS a powerful and generic tool for the evaluation and demonstration of policy alternatives under different climate and social-economic conditions. The OC-DSS is mainly intended for policymakers rather than the marine industry. Four types of use are envisaged for the instrument:

• demonstration of the impacts of climate change and human-induced stressors such as ocean acidification and overfishing on of key environmental and social-economic indicators
• evaluation, comparison and ranking of policy alternatives to mitigate these changes
• support exchanges and discussions between natural and social scientists who collaborate in the domain of climate change, the coastal environment, and coastal economy
• applications with similar objectives, but for new case studies, not included in OCEAN-CERTAIN or in different problem contexts (generic use)



Ocean Certai project has finished

by Operational Manager on November 20, 2017

On October 31st 2017, it was the final day of the Ocean Certain project.

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Chemistry meeting in Trondheim

by Operational Manager on July 11, 2017

On 11-12th July 2017, the Chemistry group held a meeting at NTNU, where Scientific Manager Murat Ardelan,  Nicolas Sanchez,  Oystein Leiknes and Mark Hopwood from GEOMAR met to discuss the chemistry part of Ocean Certain. The Chemistry group has had regular in the projects final stages.


OceanCertain presentation at the MARE Conference in Amsterdam

July 7, 2017

The MARE conference topic of 2017 was Dealing with Maritime Mobilities and took place in Amsterdam July 5th-7th. Operational Manager and WP3 participant Rachel Tiller from SINTEF Ocean/NTNU participated with a presentation from Ocean Certain on results of the stakeholder workshops in Norway. The title of her presentation was “Adapting to the Unknown”, part of the […]

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CEFAS presents OC results at AMEMR conference

July 4, 2017

AMEMR17_OC_Barents_poster_SvL CEFAS – our partner in the UK – recently attended the AMEMR (Advances in Marine Ecosystem Modelling Research) conference in Plymouth, UK.  The conference is organised every 3 years by Plymouth Marine Lab, and the CEFAS poster was about OC modelling of the Barents Sea and the associated microcosm results.

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Post Rhodes gyre experiment meeting in Dalaman, Turkey

March 29, 2017

Participants from the Rhodes gyre experiment in 2016 are currently meeting in Dalaman, Turkey, to discuss data and develop papers to publish the results. This is a picture from their dinner yesterday.    

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Rachel Tiller presents Ocean Certain at the UN

March 1, 2017

Operational manager of Ocean Certain, Rachel Tiller, was invited as one of three researchers, to participate at a UNAI-ISA Forum to discuss the ongoing process towards a new Treaty under UNCLOS, looking at Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ). The UN has been working on this issue for 10 years, starting with the Working […]

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WP4 meeting in Antwerpen

February 1, 2017

Integration of data into the DSS is no small feat – economists, political scientist, modelers, biologist, programmers meet in Antwerpen to do real interdisciplinary work today and tomorrow!

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NV Faculty kick off at NTNU, Norway

January 6, 2017

January 5th, 2017, the new NV Faculty at NTNU had a kick off meeting at Scandic Hotel, Lerkendal, in Trondheim Norway. The new faculty has about 900 employees working in 8 different departments. There were a number of presentations and many stands depicting different research areas in this new faculty – among which were Ocean […]

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Bachelor thesis at the University of Bremen based on MesoMed experiments

January 2, 2017

Christine Rundt did the experimental work for her bachelor thesis during the Mesomed experiments in Heraklion, Crete, in May-June 2016. Christine defended her Bachelor Thesis on the 26th of October. The title of her thesis was “Organic Carbon Enrichment of Mediterranean Waters: Effects on the Pelagic Microbial Food Web with Emphasis on Microzooplankton Grazing”. The […]

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