Title: Towards a computer-based decision support system for aquaculture stakeholders in Greece in the context of climate change

Authors: Orestis Stavrakidis-Zachou; Nikos Papandroulakis; Astrid Sturm; Panagiotis Anastasiadis; Frank Wätzold; Konstadia Lika

Addresses: Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Heraklion, 71500 Crete, Greece; Department of Biology, University of Crete, Heraklion, 71003, Crete, Greece ' Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Heraklion, 71500 Crete, Greece ' Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, Erich-Weinert-Straße 1, 03046 Cottbus, Germany ' Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Heraklion, 71500 Crete, Greece ' Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, Erich-Weinert-Straße 1, 03046 Cottbus, Germany ' Department of Biology, University of Crete, Heraklion, 71003, Crete, Greece

Abstract: Climate change constitutes an increasing concern for aquaculture. The uncertainty surrounding the future implications of this phenomenon coupled with the financial importance of the sector necessitate the development of appropriate frameworks and tools that can support management decisions and ensure the sustainability of future aquaculture production. Facilitated by emerging information technologies, decision support systems (DSSs) are becoming increasingly popular in sectors of primary production and deal with various aspects of decision-making from the operational to the strategic level. In this paper we present ongoing work, in the frame of the EU-ClimeFish Project, towards the development of a computer-based DSS that simulates and visualises the impacts of different climate change scenarios on Greek aquaculture, including economic impacts. The description contains details on the structure, constituent models, and current status of implementation of the DSS. The applicability of the generated tool in decision-making is discussed and planning for further development is outlined.

Keywords: climate change; aquaculture; ClimeFish; decision support system; DSS; European sea bass; DEB model; economic model.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSAMI.2018.099235

International Journal of Sustainable Agricultural Management and Informatics, 2018 Vol.4 No.3/4, pp.219 - 234

Received: 14 Oct 2018
Accepted: 04 Jan 2019

Published online: 16 Apr 2019 *

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