The MAST (Modelling for Aquatic Systems) is a research group of the University of Liège directed by Marilaure Grégoire. It is devoted to the development of numerical models for understanding, predicting and managing aquatic systems. These models are applied to various aquatic environments like the Black sea, Mediterranean Sea and North Sea and to the simulation of mesocosm experiments.

MAST is involved and leads several research projects dedicated to the understanding and management of marine deoxygenation (e.g. VENTIL, INTAS, HYPOX, BENTHOX, GO2NE). In other projects like PERSEUS, SESAME, FaCE-It, MAST develops modelling tools to investigate the impacts of pressures on marine ecosystem functioning (e.g. eutrophication, global warming, sediment fining and hardening). Finally, in the frame of BS-MFC and SIMPLIC, MAST is also involved in operational oceanography. In those projects data assimilation is used to improve model predictions.

MAST belongs to the facultary research unit FOCUS (Freshwater and OCeanic science Unit of reSearch) and to the MARE inter-facultary group and takes part in the organisation of the annual Liege Colloquium with the GHER.


Summer School on the investigation of the role of benthos in ecosystem functioning using observations and models. Stareso, Calvi, July 17th-21st 2017

During the last decade, artificial hard substrates have increasingly been installed in coastal areas that generally consisted of sandy sediments. These artificial hard substrates serve different purposes, including coastal defense works, installation of renewable energy [...]

May 5th, 2017|

EGU 2017: Call for Abstracts for the OS2.2 session on “Advances in understanding of the multi-disciplinary dynamics of the Southern European Seas (Mediterranean and Black Sea”.

We are organizing a session at the EGU (23rd -28th April 2017) dedicated to the Advances in understanding of the multi-disciplinary dynamics of the Southern European Seas (Mediterranean and Black Sea) ".  The session would [...]

December 23rd, 2016|

EGU GA 2017 : Session on benthic biogeochemistry

This year again, the session on benthic biogeochemistry and benthic-pelagic coupling will be held at EGU 2017. We welcome abstracts from all disciplines to share and confront our understanding of benthic processes and how they [...]

November 21st, 2016|

The EMBLAS II Black Sea Survey was joined by the FNRS BENTHOX team.

The EMBLAS (Environmental monitoring in the Black Sea) project supported by the European Commission and the United Nation Development Program is targeted towards the protection and restoration of the environmental quality and sustainability of the [...]

October 10th, 2016|

Black Sea from Space Workshop

MAST took part in the workshop jointly organized by ESA, ROSA and NIMRD to trace the future development of Black Sea observation from space. MAST contributions (talk's pdf) can be found on ORBI (here )  

September 30th, 2016|

The ocean is losing its breath!

The Global Ocean Oxygen Network (GO2NE) is a new working group of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO. GO2NE met on 7-9 September 2016 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. GO2NE, which assembles coastal and [...]

September 28th, 2016|