Duration: 2014 –

Funding: Community

Coordinator: Dr. Julia Blanchard, UTAS

Project website:

FishMIP approach

FishMIP uses an ensemble modelling approach to combine the results from multiple ecosystem models, all forced by standardized inputs and scenarios. They use combinations of earth-system models (ESMs) and representative concentration pathways (RCPs) to provide model inputs, along with simplified fishing scenarios. participating marine ecosystem models are both at global and regional scales, and vary widely in terms of how they represent food-web or ecosystem components and the links between them. Ecosystem components can be represented by size classes, functional groups, trophic levels, species groups, and life-history stages, whereas links can be represented by who-eats-whom networks, diet composition or energy transfer.

Ongoing studies

FishMIP is currently (a) using simulation experiments to examine and separate the relative influence of temperature and net primary productivity on future projections, and (b) beginning simulations for the ISIMIP 3a/b simulation round, using CMIP6 forcing data. Fish-MIP model outputs from simulation round 2(a) are publicly available and can be found folowing the link below. You are welcome to use these data in your projects, but you are encouraged to contact the FishMIP modellers and coordinators whose work you have been using, and to reference the publications which provide further details.

EII involvement

EcoOcean software development, GIS data processing, big data, running and analyzing simulations


Lotze, H. K.; Tittensor, D. P.; Bryndum-Buchholz, A.; Eddy, T. D.; Cheung, W. W. L.; Galbraith, E. D.; Barange, M.; Barrier, N.; Bianchi, D.; Blanchard, J.; Bopp, L.; Büchner, M.; Bulman, C.; Carozza, D.; Christensen, V.; Coll, M.; Dunne, J. P.; Fulton, E. A.; Jennings, S.; Jones, M.; Mackinson, S.; Maury, O.; Niiranen, S.; Oliveros-Ramos, R.; Roy, T.; Fernandes, J. A.; Schewe, J.; Shin, Y-J; Silva, T.; Steenbeek, J.; Stock, C. A.; Verley, P.; Volkholz, J.; Walker, N. D.; Worm, B.

Global ensemble projections reveal trophic amplification of ocean biomass declines with climate change Journal Article

In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, pp. 201900194, 2019, ISSN: 0027-8424, 1091-6490.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX

Schewe, J.; Gosling, S. N.; Reyer, C.; Zhao, F.; Ciais, P.; Elliott, J.; Francois, L.; Huber, V.; Lotze, H. K.; Seneviratne, S.; van Vliet, M. T. H.; Vautard, R.; Wada, Y.; Breuer, L.; Büchner, M.; Carozza, D. A.; Chang, J.; Coll, M.; Deryng, D.; de Wit, A.; Eddy, T. D.; Folberth, C.; Frieler, K.; Friend, A. D.; Gerten, D.; Gudmundsson, L.; Hanasaki, N.; Ito, A.; Khabarov, N.; Kim, H.; Lawrence, P.; Morfopoulos, C.; Müller, C.; Schmied, H. Müller; Orth, R.; Ostberg, S.; Pokhrel, Y.; Pugh, T. A. M.; Sakurai, G.; Satoh, Y.; Schmid, E.; Stacke, T.; Steenbeek, J.; Steinkamp, J.; Tang, Q.; Tian, H.; Tittensor, D. P.; Volkholz, J.; Wang, X.; Warszawski, L.

State-of-the-art global models underestimate impacts from climate extremes Journal Article

In: Nature Communications, 2019.