Genetic tools for Ecosystem health Assessment in the North Sea region (GEANS)

The quality of the seafloor habitat is an important barometer for marine ecosystem health. In order to accurately measure the quality, GEANS will mainstream implementation of fast, accurate and cost-effective DNA-based assessments. This will enable national authorities to improve the management of human activities and protection of the marine environment across the North Sea Region in a transnational coherent way. GEANS will conduct pilot studies concerning environmental impact assessments (renewable energy, aquaculture and sand extraction and suppletion), and concerning monitoring in relation to European directives (non-indigenous species and hard substrates). These pilots will be conducted in close cooperation with stakeholders.


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Expanding the GEANS network

16 December 2019

Since the start of the project, GEANS–partners have presented the project to stakeholders and fellow scientists at least 27 times. Most recently, GEAN…

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‘Swinging’ partner meeting in Gothenburg

30 October 2019

On October 8th and 9th, the GEANS team met in Gothenburg for the second partner meeting. The aim was to discuss the progress of the project and to pla…

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First GEANS newsletter is launched

09 September 2019

After a successful kick-off meeting in March, the GEANS partners dived headfirst into strategic planning, sampling campaigns, lab work and communicati…

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Mapping North Sea bottom-dwellers via automated DNA-recognition

29 August 2019

In the next three years, monitoring of the marine ecosystem in the North Sea will become more accurate and more efficient thanks to a European researc…

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Deployment of a DNA-based hard substrate monitoring network across Europe’s coastal seas

29 August 2019

Through different international projects, we are establishing a network of genetic observatories in the vicinity of marine stations and Long-term Ecol…

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