BIODRIVES. Biodiversity and energy fluxes in estuaries as drivers of ecosystem services in a changing Europe

Project Details


We want to better understand the interrelationships between biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services in estuaries, and how they respond to climate change. The emphasis is on ecosystem services that are intrinsically linked to biodiversity and driven by energy fluxes.

By analysing patterns of biodiversity, food web characteristics and ecosystem properties along a European latitude gradient (as a 'space for time' approach), we first want to gain insights into the potential drivers of biodiversity. What are the dominant species in other estuaries, do we expect changes, shifts in the Scheldt estuary (and more widely in the other estuaries along the gradient)?

By linking food web models to environmental variables (sea level rise, temperature changes, hydrodynamics), we can calculate different climate scenarios, both at local and European level, and map their impact on biodiversity-dependent ecosystem services (fish population, habitat surfaces, ...).

Specific attention is paid to environmental variables that can be steered by regional and European policy.
Effective start/end date1/01/2025/12/24

Thematic List 2020

  • Water
  • Climate

Thematic list

  • Estuaries