are expected to affect benthic communities over various spatial and temporal scales. Extensive baseline monitoring programmes allow observations of structural changes to benthic communities, but this is a post-hoc approach. To gain a mechanistic understanding of these processes that enables us to explain the observed changes, specific target monitoring and well-designed experimental studies are required. In this conceptual talk we will discuss specific cause–effect relationships in the marine benthos arising from the anthropogenic activities associated with offshore windfarms. The identification of cause–effect relationships is the prerequisite for an efficient, hypothesis-driven approach towards the disentanglement of the various effects of offshore windfarms on the marine benthos as well as on the whole ecosystem.
|Publication status||Published - 21-Sept-2012|
|Event||ICES Annual Science conference 2012 - Bergen, Norway|
Duration: 17-Sept-2012 → 21-Sept-2012
|Conference||ICES Annual Science conference 2012|
|Period||17/09/12 → 21/09/12|