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Coastal Ocean Research

Periods
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 

Code Science Field
1.06  Natural Sciences  Biological sciences 
Keywords
coastal marine ecosystems, production, plankton, benthos, biodiversity, marine pollution, biomarkers, ecotoxicology, photochemistry, sedimentary biogeochemistry, circulation, modelling
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (35)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  04650  PhD Oliver Bajt  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2009 - 2014  439 
2.  16039  PhD Maja Berden Zrimec  Metrology  Researcher  2009 - 2011  261 
3.  25678  PhD Branko Bogunović  Geography  Junior researcher  2009  21 
4.  13407  PhD Branko Čermelj  Biology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  183 
5.  19945  PhD Luka Drinovec  Physics  Researcher  2009 - 2010  177 
6.  16383  PhD Vesna Flander Putrle  Biology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  227 
7.  18335  Janez Forte  Biology  Technical associate  2009 - 2014  77 
8.  22617  PhD Janja France  Biology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  222 
9.  30856  PhD Neli Glavaš  Biology  Beginner researcher  2009 - 2014  68 
10.  26087  PhD Mateja Grego  Biology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  139 
11.  29152  PhD Barbara Hubad  Biochemistry and molecular biology  Junior researcher in economics  2012 - 2014  47 
12.  28331  PhD Tjaša Kogovšek  Biology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  123 
13.  30510  PhD Rok Kopinč  Microbiology and immunology  Researcher  2012 - 2014  46 
14.  30857  PhD Neža Koron  Biology  Beginner researcher  2012 - 2014  53 
15.  34503  PhD Maja Kos Kramar  Biology  Junior researcher  2011 - 2014  15 
16.  11600  PhD Nives Kovač  Biology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  290 
17.  21408  PhD Aleš Lapanje  Microbiology and immunology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  355 
18.  11069  PhD Lovrenc Lipej  Biology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  1,074 
19.  18338  Tihomir Makovec    Technical associate  2009 - 2014  387 
20.  05226  PhD Vlado Malačič  Hydrology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  366 
21.  04642  PhD Alenka Malej  Biology  Head  2009 - 2014  704 
22.  27504  PhD Borut Mavrič  Biology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  356 
23.  11360  PhD Patricija Mozetič  Biology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  424 
24.  20398  PhD Martina Orlando Bonaca  Biology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  411 
25.  34474  PhD Valentina Pitacco  Biology  Junior researcher  2011 - 2014  80 
26.  15367  PhD Andreja Ramšak  Biology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  326 
27.  33223  PhD Lucija Raspor Dall'Olio  Biochemistry and molecular biology  Junior researcher  2010 - 2014  18 
28.  27542  PhD Tomaž Rijavec  Microbiology and immunology  Researcher  2012 - 2014  248 
29.  30853  PhD Iva Talaber  Biology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  25 
30.  29618  PhD Tinkara Tinta  Biology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  173 
31.  03764  PhD Valentina Turk  Biology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  413 
32.  27507  PhD Katja Venko  Biochemistry and molecular biology  Junior researcher  2009  80 
33.  31481  PhD Martin Vodopivec  Biology  Junior researcher  2013 - 2014  86 
34.  27865  PhD Jana Vojvoda  Biochemistry and molecular biology  Junior researcher  2009 - 2011  43 
35.  16040  PhD Alexis Zrimec  Biology  Researcher  2009 - 2011  225 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0105  National Institute of Biology  Ljubljana  5055784  13,274 
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
Expanding our knowledge on marine processes and interactions between humans and seas is fundamental for future human welfare. With our research programme we contribute to understanding of structural and functional characteristics of the coastal and semi-enclosed seas. Multidisciplinary approach, application of new methodologies and techniques, and modelling of processes will help elucidating mechanisms and driving forces of coastal ecosystem dynamics including some harmful phenomena (eutrophication, mucilage, massive jellyfish outbursts, pollution and other impacts of anthropogenic activities). Temperate marine environments may be particularly vulnerable to climate changes and with our analyses of the long-term fluctuations of the plankton we contribute to the knowledge on whether climate warming signals are emergent across several trophic levels and functional groups. New methods and techniques help to assess of the role of marine microbes in polluted and unaffected coastal ecosystems. This also contributes to the understanding of biogeochemical cycles in the marine environment and functioning of marine ecosystems. The results will also contribute to the understanding of biogeochemical cycles in the marine environment and functioning of coastal ecosystems.
Significance for the country
The new national and EU marine policy supports the stewardship of marine resources and ecosystem-based management that apply ecological science to natural resource actions. Research carried out within programme assists in the implementation of this concept in the marine environment providing new insights into coastal ecosystem structure and functioning. Research programme contributes to several identified Slovenian priority areas: development of new methodologies (genomic and biotechnological methods), support to international, EU and national efforts to implement environmental objectives for clean, healthy, safe, productive biologically diverse sea and sustainable management; research and development of new technologies with applications in biomedicine, health, capacity building and human resources development in the field of biotechnology. Programme is interdisciplinary including aspects from different disciplines (ecology, physics, molecular biology, biochemistry) with applications in technology. Specifically, research carried out within programme contributes to assessment of dynamics, productivity and degradation of organic matter in polluted (municipal waste waters, riverine inputs, fish farms) and unpolluted marine environment. In the coastal areas, study of benthic habitat types and diversity along with development of assessment methodology seem to be promising biological tools in addition to plankton, chemical indicators and oceanographic parameters. Our results will also be applicable in the field of environmental monitoring and for the development of new remediation technologies. Research of toxic phytoplankton contributes to better management of mussel farms and helps protecting human health. The development of integrated coastal observing systems, merging these systems with data communication and management with modelling facilitates marine assessment and improve our prediction capabilities. We focus on research support for ecosystem-based management, marine observing capabilities and marine forecast. Physical models developed within programme are used for assessment of environmental impacts with application to the main Slovenian Port of Koper and its development. Understanding critical coastal processes and interactions assists to the stewardship and responsible use of the marine environment. Implementation of new findings into the education, outreach and public dissemination activities contributes to marine literacy across all population groups.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, final report, complete report on dLib.si
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, final report, complete report on dLib.si
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