The effect of climatic variability on fishing resources

Master Thesis subject (30 ECTS)
The structure of all communities varies in space and time in response to many physical and biological factors, and the extent to which these different factors influence ecosystem function is one of the fundamental issues of ecosystem ecology and in coastal fisheries. The evidence that environmental factors (hydrological and oceanographic) cause long-term and large-scale variability in fish stocks is growing, but it would be a mistake to conclude that the effects of fishing are, therefore, less important. This relation has, so far, failed to be demonstrated and integrated in the sustainable management of coastal fisheries. The Master student will study the effect of explanatory Hydrological (e.g. rainfall rates), Oceanographic (e.g. temperature; primarily production) and fisheries variables (e.g. fishing effort) on time series of commercial fish landings. The study will start with the revision of literature regarding the issue (state of the art). Specifically, the student will become familiarize with collecting information from internet browsers to gathered data (composing a data base repertory). At the end, after statistical procedure applications that will combined different type of time series analyses/statistics , the final aim will be increasing our understanding and modelling capacity of the respective and combined effects of climatic parameters on fishing resources.
- Internet data collection - Statistical analysis for test relationship between fishing trends and environmental variables (time series analyses for data exploitation) - Computer for data analyses (most of data is already acquired therefore works can start immediately)
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Francisco Leitão
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Reference Number: RP-35632