ATLAS will provide essential new knowledge of deep ocean ecosystems in the North Atlantic. This ambitious project will explore the world of deep-sea habitats (200-2000 m) where the greatest gaps in our understanding lie and certain populations and ecosystems are under pressure. The four overarching objectives of ATLAS are to:
1. Advance our understanding of deep Atlantic marine ecosystems and populations;
2. Improve our capacity to monitor, model and predict shifts in deep-water ecosystems and populations;
3. Transform new data, tools and understanding into effective ocean governance;
4. Scenario-test and develop science-led, cost-effective adaptive management strategies that stimulate Blue Growth.