Towards Integrated Marine Research Strategy and Programs

Ecosystem Models as Support to Eutrophication Management in the North Atlantic Ocean – EMOSEM

EMoSEM is a two-year project (2013-2014) funded by the Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO) and the French National Research Agency (ANR) in the frame of EU FP7 ERA-NET Seas-era.


The EU EMoSEM consortium aims to further develop and combine the state-of-the-art modeling tools describing the river-ocean continuum in the North-East Atlantic (NEA) continental seas, in order to link the eutrophication nuisances in specific marine regions to anthropogenic inputs, and trace back their sources up to the watersheds.

After validation these coupled river-ocean ecological models will be used for testing realistic and visionary nutrient reduction options that might be implemented in the different river basins of the NEA watershed and evaluating their ecological benefits for the coastal zone. The EMoSEM achievements will be transferred to Member States responsible of the WFD and MSFD in their national domain and to the OSPAR commission.

EMOSEM consortium

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS). Operational Directorate Natural Environments (DO Nature), Belgium. Coordinator Dr Geneviève Lacroix;

Université Libre de Bruxelles, Ecologie des Systèmes Aquatiques (ESA), Belgium. PI Prof Christiane Lancelot;

IFREMER, Dynamique de l’Environnement Côtier, France. PI Dr Alain Ménesquen;
Université Pierre et Marie Curie, SISYPHE, France; PI Dr Gilles Billen;

Instituto Superior Técnico; Institute of Marine Research (IMAR), Portugal. PI Dr Ramiro Neves.

ESA contribution

In the scope of EMoSEM, ESA contributes to the further development of the biogeochemical module MIRO to the MIRO&CO-3D model, its coupling to the river systems and the development of new science-base eutrophication metrics.

Scientists involved are Dr Nathalie Gypens and Prof. Christiane Lancelot.