Global Change

EMBC+ MODULE 1: Understanding the structure and function of Marine Biodiversity

1) Scientific basis of Global Change. Direct and Indirect effects. 2) Exploitation of Marine Populations: direct and induced effects. Complex responses of biodiversity to exploitation. 3) Oceanic responses to climate Change. Circulation. Responses of the marine biota to the Climate Change. Synergistic behaviour between climate change and exploitation. 4) Monitoring Systems: time series. Data availability and major deficiencies in the global information system. Climate change proxies. Limitations in information use. 5) Obtaining data from global monitoring networks (remote sensing of environment, climate data and climatologies, fisheries statistics, other time series, etc). Systems to search and obtain the information available. Data processing. IPCC models’ output. Use of information in a practical case study (scientific research, resource management or marine protected areas)

Climate change, oceanography, marine climate, climate forecast, exploitation, marine resource, monitoring networks, climate model

It would be preferable a previous familiarity with ecological and climate concepts and fundamentals and computer skills


Ability to interpret the processes and changes in atmospheric and marine climate
Identify the mechanisms that promote the change and new threats in the future
Identify and interpretation of climate change responses
Identify the processes responsible of ecosystem and marine service changes
Capacity to inform taken into account future climate scenarios
Capacity to discriminate climate driven changes from other anthropogenic drivers