Around 30 scientists from 14 countries discussed possible early warning signs: “If we learn to better understand the mechanisms which cause regime shifts, then it may be possible to identify drastic ecosystem change earlier. “This would make a better ecosystem management possible” reports Prof. Christian Möllmann. The fisheries biologist investigates the influence of climate on commercially utilized fish stocks and works together closely with colleagues from partner institutes in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. One of the main issues, for example, is an anticipatory fisheries management for the Baltic Sea, where the cod stocks have been negatively affected by climate change.
The successful cooperation will be expanded next year and extended to the Pacific region. For this, in May of 2011, in the framework of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, a further workshop will be held at the KlimaCampus in cooperation with the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research in Warnemünde.