Ecology and aquaculture

Good ecosystem health is the backbone of wealth, well being and quality of life. Comprehensive understanding of ecosystem mechanisms and key physical, chemical and biological components are the key to sustainable development.

With increasing populations and growth in economies and technological development even remote marine areas are becoming increasingly interesting for exploitation of natural resources such as renewable energy, oil and gas.

Rivers, wetlands and lakes are green corridors and blue breathing places in heavily populated areas. Further the aquatic provides access to, transport and energy, dilution capacity for waste water, food and recreation.

Only if wisely managed can these valuable but vulnerable ecosystems be sustained.

DHIs understanding and quantitative approach to ecosystem management provide solutions on all scales – from the restoration of river habitats and management of threatened species - to river basin scale water quality management and advanced baseline and assessment studies of marine ecosystems. Our integrated surveying and modelling techniques provides knowledge of a high spatial and temporal resolution on a scientifically solid knowledge base.

In 2009, farmed produce from aquaculture exceeded 50 % of global freshwater produce and marine seafood consumption – and the demand is increasing. In spite of regulated fisheries it is probable that many wild stocks will remain overexploited. The future therefore calls for increased aquaculture production driven by needs for volume, optimisation and sustainability.

DHI has a long standing track record of providing solutions to both regulators and producers – DHIs hydrographic and ecological modelling capacity provide the basis for sound planning, management and feasible production.