Multinational programmes

GLOBEC has a very broad scope from small scale National Activities to Regional Programmes covering ocean basins. Multi-national programmes consist of several countries working together on a specific aim or area but do not cover sufficient geographical area to be considered Regional Programmes. At present there are 4 GLOBEC multi-national Activities. Click here to download the GLOBEC National, Multi-national and Regional Activities Report, 2001 or the 2004 update of the report (pdf 1.4mb).

Multinational Programmes LIFECO OFCCP BENEFIT draws on the work of scientists in Namibia, Angola and South Africa and from co-sponsor countries (Germany and Norway) to answer questions about the Benguela Current Ecosystem.

ECO-UP addresses the structure and functioning of exploited upwelling ecosystems using comparative analyses within the framework of an ecosystem approach to fisheries. The programme focuses on three upwelling areas, the Humboldt, Canary and Benguela currents.

ENVIFISH conducted a retrospective analysis of environmental and fisheries records from 1982 to 1999 and involved scientists from Italy, Angola, Namibia, South Africa, Germany, England, Norway and Portugal, ENVIFISH was completed in 2001.

IDYLE aimed to understand how the adaptive strategies of fish are structured by the presence of inshore upwelling and the resulting ecosystemic patterns, the programme was completed in 2004 and was replaced by ECO-UP. IDYLE was based in the Benguela and involved scientists from France, Namibia, Angola and South Africa.

LIFECO was an EU funded programme enabling scientists from Denmark, Germany, Norway and the UK to work together to establish the links between frontal activity and ecosystem dynamics in the North Sea and Skagerrak and their importance to fish stock recruitment, the LIFECO programme was completed in 2003.

NATFISH aims to analyse and quantify the influence of the natural variability of the Northwest African upwelling system on the abundance and distribution of small pelagics. NATFISH involves scientists from Italy, Norway, Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal.

OFCCP will investigate the effect of climate change on the productivity and distribution of oceanic tuna stocks and fisheries in the Pacific Ocean with the goal of predicting short- to long-term changes and impacts related to climate variability and global warming.

SARDYN investigates the stock structure and dynamics of the sardine population in the north-east Atlantic and involves scientists from Portugal, Spain, Greece, England, Norway and France.

TASC involved scientists from Denmark, The Faroe Islands, France, Germany, Iceland, Norway and the UK in a study of Calanus finmarchicus in the Atlantic, the study was completed in 2001.