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Coastal Ocean Research

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Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
1.03.00  Natural sciences and mathematics  Biology   
1.06.00  Natural sciences and mathematics  Geology   
1.08.00  Natural sciences and mathematics  Control and care of the environment   
2.15.00  Engineering sciences and technologies  Metrology   

Code Science Field
B260  Biomedical sciences  Hydrobiology, marine biology, aquatic ecology, limnology 
Keywords
coastal marine ecosystems, production, plankton, benthos, biodiversity, marine pollution, biomarkers, ecotoxicology, photochemistry, sedimentary biogeochemistry, circulation, modelling
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (26)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  18333  Mira Avčin    Technical associate  2004 - 2008 
2.  04650  PhD Oliver Bajt  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2004 - 2008  439 
3.  16039  PhD Maja Berden Zrimec  Metrology  Researcher  2004 - 2008  260 
4.  25678  PhD Branko Bogunović  Geography  Junior researcher  2005 - 2008  21 
5.  13407  PhD Branko Čermelj  Biology  Researcher  2004 - 2008  182 
6.  19945  PhD Luka Drinovec  Physics  Researcher  2004 - 2008  178 
7.  16383  PhD Vesna Flander Putrle  Biology  Researcher  2004 - 2008  226 
8.  18335  Janez Forte  Biology  Technical associate  2004 - 2008  77 
9.  22617  PhD Janja France  Biology  Junior researcher  2004 - 2008  220 
10.  26087  PhD Mateja Grego  Biology  Junior researcher  2005 - 2008  139 
11.  28331  PhD Tjaša Kogovšek  Biology  Junior researcher  2007 - 2008  122 
12.  11600  PhD Nives Kovač  Biology  Researcher  2004 - 2008  290 
13.  11069  PhD Lovrenc Lipej  Biology  Researcher  2004 - 2008  1,070 
14.  18338  Tihomir Makovec    Technical associate  2004 - 2008  386 
15.  05226  PhD Vlado Malačič  Hydrology  Researcher  2004 - 2008  366 
16.  04642  PhD Alenka Malej  Biology  Head  2004 - 2008  701 
17.  18336  Silva Maslo    Technical associate  2004 - 2006 
18.  27504  PhD Borut Mavrič  Biology  Junior researcher  2006 - 2008  353 
19.  11360  PhD Patricija Mozetič  Biology  Researcher  2004 - 2008  420 
20.  20398  PhD Martina Orlando Bonaca  Biology  Researcher  2004 - 2008  410 
21.  15367  PhD Andreja Ramšak  Biology  Researcher  2004 - 2008  326 
22.  29618  PhD Tinkara Tinta  Biology  Junior researcher  2008  171 
23.  03764  PhD Valentina Turk  Biology  Researcher  2004 - 2008  413 
24.  27507  PhD Katja Venko  Biochemistry and molecular biology  Junior researcher  2007 - 2008  79 
25.  05251  PhD Borut Vrišer  Biology  Researcher  2004 - 2008  94 
26.  16040  PhD Alexis Zrimec  Biology  Researcher  2004 - 2008  225 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0105  National Institute of Biology  Ljubljana  5055784  13,251 
Abstract
Multidisciplinary program aims at integrating approaches of biological, chemical and physical oceanography of coastal sea into research of ecosystem biocomplexity including human dimension. The research includes primary production coupled to taxon-specific plankton biomass and long-term community transformation in relation to main oceanographic driving forces. Tide, wind-driven and high-frequency variations of circulation will be studied particularly in the season when different eutrophication or other harmful phenomena occur (mucilage, HAB, bottom layer oxygen depletion). An automated probe for measurements of delayed luminiscence for in situ qualitative and quantitative characterisation of phytoplankton will be developed. Plankton studies will be completed by research of microbial food web and research of gelatinous zooplankton massive outbreaks, a serious ecological problem in many enclosed seas. Assessment of the trophic status and its changes due to pollution will be complemented by analyses of biomarkers. Impairement of dissolved organic matter degradation has been implied as most important causative factor for development of mucilage accumulations. Photochemical transformations and microbial degradation of organic matter are both important in shallow coastal waters and research into these processes represent important part of our study of biogeochemistry of OM. Benthic studies include biogeochemistry of sediments within seagrass meadows and meiofauna variations in polluted/unpolluted environments. Variations in small coastal ichthyofauna as related to climatic changes complete biodiversity studies. Advances in laboratory methods and modelling will help reaching our research goals and field work using research boat is the backbone of research activities; field data are continuously provided also by Coastal Oceanographic Station (located about 1 mile offshore).
Significance for science
Knowledge of structure and their functioning form the basis for understanding complex and dynamic marine systems that are under threat due to climatic changes, overexploitation of marine resources, coastal development and input of pollutants. Variability of oceanographic and anthropogenic driving forces act on marine communities leading to different noxious phenomena (presence of toxic phytoplankton species, phytoplankton and jellyfish blooms, mucilage accumulation, bottom layer oxygen depletion, invasive species). These events appear in many semi-enclosed seas worldwide that are characterised by modifications of organic matter cycling. Assessment and evaluation of changes in marine ecosystems related to natural and anthropogenic influences is one of the most important topics of current marine research. Interdisciplinary approach of our research program, modelling and application of new techniques in the ecological research helped to elucidate mechanisms and driving forces of harmful phenomena. Comparative analyses of different coastal ecosystems improve our ability to understand, predict and possibly prevent these processes.
Significance for the country
Research program contributes towards new knowledge of natural characteristics and to critical assessment of modifications in marine ecosystems. Our research elucidated some key mechanisms related to undesirable phenomena like toxic phytoplankton and jellyfish blooms, mucilage accumulations, and impacts due to anthropogenic pollution. Results of our research support national efforts to implement EU environmental legislation, and help to comply with obligations that R Slovenia has as a contracting party of international conventions related to sustainable management of marine ecosystems. Research program contributed to development/application of new methodology including modelling and predictions in oceanography and improved monitoring of marine ecosystem. Marine biodiversity research is critical for assessment of natural heritage and its preservation and contributes to evaluation of effectiveness of protection measures. Sustainable use of marine and coastal area is important factor for development of Slovenia nationally as well as for Slovenia's international relations. Program research results contribute towards improvement of undergraduate and graduate education in natural and environmental sciences and help raising marine literacy of general public.
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