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New Marine Nordic Centre of Excellence

Centre research director Carl Folke will co-lead new programme.

On behalf of the Top-level Research Initiative (TRI), Nordforsk has awarded funding for a new Nordic Centre of Excellence on Climate Change Effects on Marine Ecosystems and Resource Economics.

Carl Folke, Research Director at Stockholm Resilience Centre, will be co-leading the new program together with Nils Chr. Stenseth from the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis at the University of Oslo.

- We are most pleased to receive this grant. This is an excellent opportunity to really integrate social and ecological research on fisheries, foodwebs, climate and the Baltic Sea, says Carl Folke.

Funding for five years
Funding is scheduled to begin in 2011 and will be available for 5 years. The program will implement a broad international and multidisciplinary research strategy to explore the biological, economic, and societal risks and opportunities of global climate change on fisheries resources in the Nordic region, with the primary focus on the Atlantic cod.

This will be achieved through primary research that will train a new generation of Phd students and postdocs to develop internationally collaborative projects that integrate biology, economics, and policy.

Centre researchers Thorsten Blenckner, Örjan Bodin, Magnus Nyström and Christoph Humborg are engaged in the program.

- Outstanding people and research ideas
The Centre of Excellence was recognised by the TRI Programme Committee as “a scientifically excellent project on effect studies."  

"If money were be available to fund only one Nordic Centre of Excellence, this is the one that the panel would recommend to fund. Outstanding people and research ideas, scientifically well-drafted, serious efforts to integrate all work that will be done within the Nordic Centre of Excellence with very original ideas on how to cut across disciplinary boundaries and achieve real integration. This Nordic Centre of Excellence offers added value in many respects. The Nordic Centre of Excellence is lead by a strong team, which has provided excellent ideas on training and staff development and has made an outstanding coordination and integration plan", said the international expert panel.

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Carl Folke has extensive experience in transdisciplinary collaboration between natural and social scientists, and has worked with ecosystem dynamics and services as well as the social and economic dimension of ecosystem management and proactive measures to manage resilience.


Stockholm Resilience Centre is a collaboration between Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

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