Project aims

How vulnerable is the socio-ecological system (SES) of the North Sea to tipping points? And which solutions and measures can be found to counteract unwanted changes?

In the SeaUseTip project we want to:

  • identify mechanisms leading to tipping points in the composition of the fish community
  • uncover ecological feedbacks that stabilize different ecosystem regimes
  • identify and quantify the consequences of ecological tipping points for the economic and socio-cultural subsystems
  • identify and quantify links and feedbacks between ecological, economic and socio-cultural subsystems that determine the vulnerability of the North Sea SES to tipping points
  • develop operational measures for ecosystem-based management that reduce vulnerabilities and have the potential to counteract unwanted changes in the ecosystem