About project PORES

Project title

Plymouth Marine Laboratory Research Visit

Project acronym



Connectivity Program, Gaining Experience Grant

Unity through Knowledge Fund - UKF


Project leader

Tomislav Džoić, PhD

Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries

Šetalište I. Meštrovića 63, 21000

Split, Croatia

Project co-leader

Bror Jonsson, PhD

Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Prospect Place, , PL1 3DH

Plymouth, United Kingdom

Host organization

Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Prospect Place, Plymouth, PL1 3DH, United Kingdom


Beneficiary (Administering) organization

Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries

Šetalište I. Meštrovića 63, 21000 Split

Split, Croatia


PML Research Visit Period

July 1st, 2019 - October 1, 2019

Overall budget 69.700,00 HRK

UKF Contribution 39.000,00 HRK

Contribution from other sources 30.700,00 HRK


Particle transport has been found crucial for proper reproduction of marine ecology processes. Lagrangian methods are the state-of-the-art tool in describing dynamics of the ocean particles, still absent in applications to the Adriatic Sea, in particular regarding plankton transport. The aim of this proposal is to establish cooperation by young Croatian scientist with top-level scientist from Plymouth Marine Laboratory through learning on marine applications of their trajectory model. The learning will be executed through model applications to the Adriatic processes, ending to a knowledge about timescales over which surface currents are connecting different regions in a basin. A combination of multiyear simulations with novel Lagrangian connectivity tools will be used in studying transport success of in different environmental conditions. Trends obtained by modelling will be compared with trends from long time series of biological measurements. The matching of modelled and measured trends would enable to quantify adjustment of different plankton species to environmental changes and variations of plankton pathways during climate changes and shifts in ocean and atmosphere. Once validated, the new connectivity methods are planned to become basis for new approach to plankton sampling, where sampling locations are going to be chosen taking into account modelled connectivity.

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