Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal Netherlands
Institute for Sea Research

Carrying capacity

Studying the dynamics and stability of the North Sea system to understand its carrying capacity for marine species populations

Processes, interactions, and natural and anthropogenic pressures are synthesised and integrated using state-of-the-art data analysis techniques, combined with biogeochemical, particle tracking, food web and population models. These analyses help to build understanding of the North Sea's carrying capacity for populations of marine species, and of pelagic and benthic ecosystem functioning and resilience for the past, present and future. This leads to improved knowledge of how changes in physical and biogeochemical conditions affect habitat, magnitude and timing of primary productivity, species composition, food-web relations and connectivity.