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!

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|

Ocean ventilation and deoxygenation in a warming world

The talks given at the Ocean ventilation and deoxygenation in a warming world event (The Royal Society, London, 12-13 September 2016) are now available for podcast. Just follow the link to this event webpage , and find the [...]

September 20th, 2016|

The Black Sea has lost more than a third of its habitable volume

With rivers providing an abundant supply of fresh water, the upper layers of the Black Sea are less dense than its saltier lower layers. A permanent boundary between the two prevents any vertical mixing. The [...]

September 13th, 2016|