The main objective of this Action is to provide the scientific basis for estimating and preserving the goods and services arising from the productivity of European seagrass ecosystems under anthropogenic pressure.
Task 1. development of innovative continuous measuring devices for photosynthesis;
Task 2. understanding seagrass light requirements;
Task 3. understanding physiological responses to changing temperature, CO2 and OA;
Task 4. Assessing level of (genetic/physiological) adaptive variation across clines;
Task 5. Developing diagnostic parameters of seagrass ecosystem function/health;
Task 6. Development of new generation ecosystem management guidelines (follow up to the M&M’s project and linking to national programs).
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COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is one of the longest-running European instruments supporting cooperation among scientists and researchers across Europe.
Seagrasses are sometimes labeled ecosystem engineers, because they partly create their own habitat: the leaves slow down water-currents increasing sedimentation, and the seagrass roots and rhizomes stabilize the seabed.
Within seagrass communities, a single acre of seagrass can produce over 10 tons of leaves per year.
At Seagrass Recovery, we’re dedicated to preserving all types of seagrass—an essential natural resource that is critical to marine life, erosion prevention and water clarity.
Seagrass-Watch - the largest scientific, non-destructive, seagrass assessment and monitoring program in the world
Restore-A-Scar - a non-profit campaign to restore seagrass meadows damaged by boat props
SeagrassNet - global seagrass monitoring program
The Seagrass Fund at The Ocean Foundation
Taxonomy of seagrasses
World Seagrass Association
Seagrass Science and Management in the South China Sea and Gulf of Thailand
Marine Ecology (December 2006) - special issue on seagrasses