Overall objective

Identify and describe possible trends in ocean climate and corresponding changes in marine biodiversity and fisheries in the Benguela Current system, using data collected through the “Nansen Programme” together with relevant regional data.

Expected outcomes
  • A better understanding of the effects of climate change on the marine ecosystem in the Benguela Current
  • Suggestions for marine Ecosystem Indicators
  • Future scenarios of climate effects on marine resources  
  • Strengthened regional cooperation
  • Regional capacity building on ecosystem effects of climate change and variability
  • Increased public awareness of climate change and variability in relation to fisheries and the marine environment
Key questions
  • Are there any identifiable ecosystem changes as a result of climate change?
  • How will the distribution and abundance of marine species and communities alter with climate change?
  • Which species are candidate indicators for climate change impacts?
  • Where are sensitive areas or hotspots of change?
  • How will ocean productivity alter with climate change?
Main tasks
  • Select and collate data from the Nansen database
  • Link the Nansen database to national datasets
  • Investigate climate variability and climate change
  • Assess the effects on the pelagic ecosystem of climate change
  • Assess the effects on the demersal ecosystem of climate change
Participating institutions
National Institute of Fisheries Research (INIP), Luanda, Angola
National Marine Information and Research Centre (NatMIRC),
Swakopmund, Namibia
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Department of Environmental
Affairs (DEA), Cape Town, South Africa
Fisheries Research, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), Cape Town, South Africa
Institute of Marine Research, Norway