ATLAS creates a dynamic new partnership between multinational industries, SMEs, governments and academia to assess the Atlantic’s deep-sea ecosystems and Marine Genetic Resources to create the integrated and adaptive planning products needed for sustainable Blue Growth. ATLAS will gather diverse new information on sensitive Atlantic ecosystems (incl. VMEs and EBSAs) to produce a step-change in our understanding of their connectivity, functioning and responses to future changes in human use and ocean climate. This is possible because ATLAS takes innovative approaches to its work and interweaves its objectives by placing business, policy and socioeconomic development at the forefront with science. ATLAS not only uses trans-Atlantic oceanographic arrays to understand and predict future change in living marine resources, but enhances their capacity with new sensors to make measurements directly relevant to ecosystem function.

Funded by

the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme

Project Partners

  • Heriot- Watt University (project lead)
  • Aarhus University
  • IMAR, University of the Azores
  • Regional Directorate of Sea Affairs, Azores
  • NERC-British Geological Survey
  • Gianni Consultancy
  • French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea
  • Marine Scotland Science
  • University of Bremen
  • Median Consultants
  • Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
  • Our Dynamic Earth
  • Oxford University
  • University of College Dublin
  • University College London
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Southern Denmark
  • University of Tromsø
  • Scottish Association for Marine Science
  • Seascpae Consultants
  • Spanish Institute of Oceanography
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • AquaTT Limited