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progetto MEDIX


Programme: HORIZON 2020

Pillar: Excellent Science

Type of action: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships, Global Fellowship

Project title: Marine Environmental DynamIcs and seX-based analysis for climate change adaptation in marine spatial planning

Acronym: MEDIX

Duration: 28/12/2020 – 27/12/2023

EU contribution: EUR 260.000

ISMAR budget: EUR 269.000

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To effectively adapt to climate change (CC), a novel more dynamic approach in governing the oceans is needed. Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) – a public process aimed to allocate human uses at sea while maintaining multiple ecosystem services (ES) – as currently implemented is too static to adequately incorporate climate refugia and CC responses of marine life. The goal of the project is to provide a stronger, more complete model for the sustainable planning of marine ES in the California Current. MEDIX will significantly improve the traditional MSP process in a context of a fast-changing climate by creating a novel approach to MSP that incorporates a dynamic ES assessment under CC scenarios with a sex-based analysis of CC effects on species and ecosystems, to elaborate a guideline for adaptation actions in MSP. The California Current will provide an ideal case study to test the new approach for adaptation strategies to maintain the ES. Through the MSCA Global Fellowship, Dr. Gissi will reinforce her expertise in ecosystem-based management in MSP with new interdisciplinary expertise and skills in ES modeling under CC and gendered innovations, which she will transfer back to Europe, where the development of adaptive strategies for MSP is relevant and timely. The GF envisages: i) an outgoing period at Stanford University, USA, where Dr. Gissi will be involved in a major initiative to revise and adapt the marine protected areas network of the California Current within the national MSP initiative, in collaboration with governments, and ii) a return period at CNR, Italy, where she intends to build on and transfer the skills acquired to elaborate the adaptive MSP guidelines that she will make accessible to relevant European stakeholders through a process of science-to-policy and science-for-society engagement in the Mediterranean.

Contact person in ISMAR:


    1. Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Istituto di Scienze Marine (CNR-ISMAR) - Italy
    2. Stanford University, Hopkins Marine Station - USA
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