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 ocean numerical models for understanding, forecasting and managing aquatic systems. These models are applied to various aquatic environments like the Black sea, Mediterranean Sea, North Sea and Aral Sea and to the simulation of mesocosm experiments.

MAST is involved in operational oceanography in the frame of the European Marine Copernicus program (CMEMS http://marine.copernicus.eu/) for providing operational environmental forecasts of the Black Sea.

The  group is involved and leads several research projects dedicated to the understanding and management of marine deoxygenation (e.g. EU VENTIL, EU INTAS, EU HYPOX, FNRS-PDR BENTHOX) and is currently co-chairing the IOC-UNESCO GO2NE (Global Ocean Oxygen NEtwork) international network.

In other projects like the European projects PERSEUS and SESAME, and the BRAIN project  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 due to wind farms building in the Southern Bight of the North Sea).

Finally, MAST takes part in the organisation of the annual Liege Colloquium.


The Ocean Is Losing Its Breath

In a paper published in Science, the Global Ocean Oxygen Network (GO2NE) supported by IOC-Unesco, reviews the causes, consequences and solutions to low oxygen worldwide, in both the open ocean and coastal waters. The article [...]

January 12th, 2018|

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|