BRIDGE-BS will advance knowledge and deliver research under three NODES: Service Dynamics, Blue Growth Incubators and Empowered Citizens. The NODES will be highly interlinked, feeding on and into each other.
KNOWLEDGE BASE FOR THE BLACK SEA
Objectives: To establish methods and tools for data harmonization, increasing the data readiness level, and generating the knowledge needed to assess ecosystem state, dynamics, and resilience, building on the past and ongoing projects/initiatives.
Specific objectives are:
ECOSYSTEM DYNAMICS UNDER MULTI STRESSORS
Objectives: WP2 will assess and predict the Black Sea state (physical, biogeochemical, and ecosystem components up to and including fish), ecosystem service dynamics, and crucial GES indicators under the impact of climate and non-climate stressors at Basin-Wide and Pilot-Site scales. It builds on an ensemble of state-of-the-art basin-scale and high-resolution regional modeling tools to reconstruct the history (back to 1960), assess the current state, and forecast future conditions under climate change (2100 horizon) and other anthropogenic stressors, including Blue Growth activities (10 to 20 years). Specifically, WP2 will assess, predict and project:
Ecosystem services under interacting multi stressors and Blue Growth Scenarios
RESILIENCE FOR A HEALTHY BLACK SEA ECOSYSTEM
Objectives: The main objective is to assess the resilience of the Black Sea ecosystems, and identify the key functions that provide for sustainable ecosystem service (ES) production under different socio-ecological conditions. The main WP3 output is a holistic resilience assessment of the Black Sea ecosystems, as relevant for the key ES sustainability. Such assessment will identify ecosystem limits to stress and provide direct input for defining the safe operating space and planning adaptive management in WP4, as well as the designing of sustainable transition pathways for Blue Growth in NODE2 (WP6 in particular). To achieve this, WP3 will use a hierarchical resilience analysis framework to:
Use scenario studies to explore ecosystem resilience and recovery times concerning different types of perturbation and project future resilience landscapes
Objectives: WP4 will develop multi-stressor multi-service adaptive management strategies at basin and selected Pilot scales to boost sustainable Blue Growth (BG), limit human impacts on the Black Sea state, preserving its core ecosystem services (ES) by maintaining a safe operating space. Specific activities include:
providing tools and knowledge supporting training and capacity building.
SMART OBSERVATIONS AND TECHNOLOGIES FOR TACKLING MULTI STRESSORS, BOOSTING INNOVATION, AND SUPPORTING MONITORING
Objectives: WP5 aims to provide new process knowledge to assess and predict the impacts of multi stressors on the Black Sea ecosystem resilience and ecosystem services, boost innovation potential and develop a multi stressors-based, Black Sea tailored observing/early warning system component. Specific objectives will be:
Advance Black Sea multi stressors monitoring capabilities via the development of tailored, cost-effective sensors in support of policy implementation and early warning for citizens
SOCIO-ECONOMICS AND SOCIAL INNOVATIONS
Objectives: WP6 will aim to analyze how multi stressors and their consequences on the marine and coastal ecosystems affect local communities. In particular how changing service dynamics in the short term will affect blue economy sectors, and how social, economic, and technological innovations could foster Blue Growth in the Black Sea. Coupled with socio-economic analysis, and following a holistic system innovation approach, activities will improve the understanding of local socio-economic challenges and future trends, co-identify eco-innovations and co-create participative development scenarios. The specific objectives of this WP are:
Engage local communities in a co-design process of transformative pathways towards a blue economy
ACCELERATING ‘INDUSTRY 4.0’ BUSINESS MODELS
Objectives: WP7 will demonstrate an accelerator platform to boost ocean digitalization and innovative industry 4.0 business models towards sustainable Blue Growth in the Black Sea
Deliver a roadmap to identify present opportunities for technology and knowledge transfer pathways towards ocean industry 4.0
SCIENCE-BASED POLICY MAKING FOR BLUE GROWTH
Objectives: The overarching objective of WP8 is to ensure the uptake of BRIDGE-BS foreground produced in NODE 1 and NODE 2, by engaging the different groups of policy stakeholders from the outset of the project to strengthen the science-policy nexus and contribute to science-based policy-making for Blue Growth in the Black Sea. Through targeted dialogue and knowledge activities, this WP will:
Build on the experience of BRIDGE-BS partners and their established synergies in the region, to engage national and international policy-makers and policy-delivery stakeholders (such as Black Sea Commission, BSEC countries)
EDUCATION AND CAPACITY BUILDING
Objectives: The overarching objective of WP9 is to support the development of a cohesive, knowledgeable, and literate Black Sea international community. The aim is to educate, train and stimulate interactions between the public, future generations of marine scientists towards a much better-connected Black Sea community, strengthened with a new generation of researchers, to address emerging challenges facing Black Sea marine ecosystems and their services. The specific objectives of this WP are:
Support youth entrepreneurship and mobility
COORDINATION AND MANAGEMENT
Objectives: create a functional mechanism that will allow effective project implementation and dissemination of BRIDGE-BS information, results, and project-related activities to the different levels of the society including the scientific community, policy-makers, youth, and others.
Coordinate the maintenance of the Black Sea Helix, the technology platform for knowledge exchange.