The Institute of Marine Research (IMR), whose headquarters are in Bergen, Norway, is the country’s primary oceanographic research institution and the 2nd largest in Europe. Its main task is to provide advice to Norwegian authorities on the ecosystems of the Barents Sea, the Norwegian Sea, the North Sea and the Norwegian coastal zone including fisheries and aquaculture. It is responsible for environmental monitoring of hydrographic properties, chemistry, contaminants, radioactivity, pH, CO2, nutrients and plankton. In addition, it is responsible for monitoring the marine resources including fish, marine mammals and seabirds. It conducts plankton and fish surveys in the North, Norwegian and Barents seas and contributes to the ecosystem-based management of these regions as well as in Norway’s coastal zones. It conducts assessments of marine stocks and is constantly working to improve the survey designs and the assessment methodology. It also has mapped and surveyed several regions of the deep Atlantic including along sections of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge as well as in the Nordic seas. IMR also is tasked with conducting scientific research to improve our understanding of variations in the marine ecosystems, particularly in relation to fish stocks. This includes the impact of the marine climate on the reproduction, distribution and behaviour of marine organisms to provide a basis for predicting effects of climate variation on fish stocks and for developing scenarios for the impacts of human-induced climate change on marine ecosystems and farmed organisms. IMR’s mandate and activities, especially those related to monitoring the marine environment, fit perfectly with the tasks it will carry out within AtlantOS.
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