EXEBUS undertakes an Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) to establish the roles, trends, and range of variability and the extremities of natural and anthropogenic geophysical, biological, governance, socio-economic features and phenomena, and assess their impact on ecological, sociological, governance, and macroeconomic systems and processes in the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME) of South Africa (SA), Namibia, and Angola. The goal is to strengthen the rational basis for management on relevant spatial and temporal scales (up to 2070). The IEA framework is captured in the figure below that outlines the interconnectedness of the key research questions as a series of “Work Packages” (WPs).
EXEBUS is thus divided into 5 Work Packages, the details of which can be found via the links below:
Work Package 1: Baselines & Variability in the BCLME
Work Package 2: Trends in the Mean State and Variability, and Extreme Event Properties
Work Package 3: The Future
Work Package 4: Taking it Down to Impact—Impact on Ecosystems & Society
Work Package 5: Stakeholder Engagement
DePiper, G.S., Gaichas, S.K., Lucey, S.M., Pinto da Silva, P., Anderson, M.R., Breeze, H., Bundy, A., Clay, P.M., Fay, G., Gamble, R.J. and Gregory, R.S., 2017. Operationalizing integrated ecosystem assessments within a multidisciplinary team: lessons learned from a worked example. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 74(8), pp.2076-2086.