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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Dedicated output website of the GEANS project

29 November 2023

GEANS partners developed an output website at the end of the project. It provides an easy-to-use overview of the available GEANS products in a well-or…

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GEANS project completed – highlights of main achievements

29 November 2023

A DNA sequence reference library for North Sea species, execution of several pilot each with a summarising pilot report, standardised protocols and a …

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View videos from GEANS final event webinar

01 August 2023

On June 27th, GEANS scientists presented results, products and recommendations generated during the course of the project.

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New GEANS video: Phd research within the sand extraction pilot explained

19 June 2023

The bottom of the North Sea is not only full of sand, but also full of life, such as crabs, starfish, worms, snails, .... But what impact do humans ha…

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New publication on methods comparison

06 April 2023

A Danish case study covering six major harbors confirms the potential of metabarcoding as a cost-effective monitoring tool for non-indigenous species.…

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