Employees of the Laboratory for Informatics and Environmental Modellling

Laboratory for Informatics and Environmental Modelling

The Laboratory is focusing on research in the field of ecological modelling and environmental informatics, and research in the field of biodiversity. The activities are aimed at assessment of natural ecosystems, risk assessment, and sustainable management of natural resources.

Tin Klanjšček

Tin Klanjšček, phD

Ph.D. Tin Klanjšček

+385 1 456 1078
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Prerequisites for sustainable management of natural resources are: assessment of their current condition, understanding of environmental processes and their correlations and prediction of consequences and risks of human activities in the environment.

The Laboratory for Informatics and Environmental Modelling (LIEM) is improving the knowledge needed for sustainable management. We are achieving this by investigating biodiversity, by gathering and processing information about the environment, by finding and mathematically describing interrelations between processes in the environment and by putting gained knowledge into use through implementation of informatics in the environment.

The mission of our laboratory is contribution to the development of

  • models for ecosystem functioning,
  • methods for processing, visualization and dissemination of environmental data,
  • methods for predicting the impact on environment including aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems,
  • biodiversity indicators

and contribution to the knowledge about Croatian and world biodiversity, with focus on bidiversity of fungi.


  • Underwater camera, sediment traps, sea-level loggers
  • Light optical microscope
  • HP cluster of 24 blade processors
  • Servers, workstations, notebooks
  • HP printers, plotters, scaners, GPS devices

Armin Mešić

Senior Research Associate
+385 1 456 0930

Ivana Kušan

Postdoctoral Researcher
+385 1 456 1075

Jadranka Pečar Ilić

Senior Research Associate
+385 1 456 1140

Jasminka Klanjšček

Postdoctoral Research Associate
+385 1 456 1131

Sonja Nikolić

Senior scientist
+385 1 456 1075

Tarzan Legović

Full professor, scientific advisor
+385 1 468 0230

Zdenko Tkalčec

research associate
+385 1 456 0930

Zoran Ereš

professional associate
+385 1 456 1196

AqADAPT - Adapting Marine Finfish Aquaculture to a Changing Climate

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Tin Klanjšček

Marine finfish aquaculture is an important industry in Croatia with significant growth potential. Since fish are cultured mainly in near-shore cages open to environmental conditions, their growth and well-being, and therefore the aquaculture production, is susceptible to climate change.

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Assessment of Carrying Capacity for Tourists in Nature Protected Areas (ACCTA)

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Tarzan Legović

The aim of the interdisciplinary project is to improve environmental management and increase conservation and social benefits of nature protected areas. We propose to do this by developing a novel, comprehensive method of calculating carrying capacity of protected areas, and demonstrating the method for two protected areas of divergent environmental and socio-economic attributes.

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Finfish mariculture dynamic energy budget model (FiMDEB)

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Tin Klanjšček

Wild fish stocks are being rapidly depleted, and mariculture – cultivating marine organisms in a controlled environment – can provide an alternative source of seafood. Worldwide mariculture fish production is rapidly growing, and developing mariculture is one of Croatia's strategic goals. Achieving this goal requires minimizing production costs and environmental impacts of mariculture.

The aim of the UKF project FiMDEB was to create a model relating feeding to fish growth, and use it to investigate how common feeding scenarios could be improved. The model was to be based on Dynamic Energy Budget theory of metabolic organization, which describes how organisms acquire and partition energy. Since fish feed constitutes  approximately 50% of operational costs of mariculture, any savings in fish feed can lead to substantial savings in production costs.

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Information systems for environmental quality and risk assessment

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Jadranka Pečar Ilić

Application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) has been recognized worldwide through environmental monitoring and risk management in the case of natural hazards, industrial accidents and dangerous influence of energy and traffic systems (Environmental Informatics). Of special interest are ICT-based in-situ measurement systems and Monitoring of the Environment based on networking of sensors and communication systems. Our research is interdisciplinary and belongs to these strategic directions. The main goals of our project concern development of specialized information systems (IS), Web applications for temporal and spatial presentations and services necessary to provide the efficient management of complex data and processes in investigations of the water quality, natural and anthropogenic pollution sources, the risk assessment and particularly the influence of river traffic on the waterways.

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Activities of LIEM include:

  • Environmental impact assessments of: aquacultures, marinas to coastal sea, submarine outlets
  • Capacity assessment of: environment for aquaculture, protected areas for boats and yachts
  • Environmental capacity increase for aquacultures
  • Estimation of water and solute transport in environment
  • Prediction of hypoxia in seas and lakes
  • Inventory and threat assessment of fungi in particular geographic areas
  • Identification of fungi
  • Development of information systems for environmental protection and management: surface water quality and impact of river navigation
  • Development of Web GIS applications
  • Creation of digital charts and GPS data transformation


New fungal species discovered and desribed by members of our laboratory

Some rare and/or threatened fungal species (gallery)

Selection of the recent publications (in 2011):

  1. Jusup, M., Klanjšček, T., Matsuda, H., and Kooijman, S.A.L.M. 2011. A Full Lifecycle Bioenergetic Model for Bluefin Tuna.PLoSONE 6(7): e21903. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0021903.
  2. Klanjšček, Jasminka; Geček, Sunčana; Legović, Tarzan. Influence of fish feed composition on oxygen utilization during decomposition of aquaculture effluents // Aquaculture Research. (2011) DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2109.2011.02994.x
  3. Molnár, P.K., Derocher, A.E., Klanjšček, T. and Lewis, M.A. 2011. Predicting climate change impacts on polar bear litter size.NatureCommunications2, 186 doi: 10.1038/ncomms1183
  4. Muller, E.B., Ananthasubramaniam, B., Klanjšček, T. and Nisbet, R.M. 2011. Entrainment of cell division in phytoplankton with dynamic energy budgets. JournalofSeaResearch,66(4):447-455.


Bachelor courses

  1. Leading institution: University of Osijek, Biology
    Title: Quantitative biology
    Lecturers: Hackenberger, Branimir; Legović, Tarzan

Masters courses

  1. Leading institution: University of Zagreb, Faculty of Natural Science and
    matrematics; University of Innsbruck
    Title: Ecological modelling
    Lecturer: Legović, Tarzan

Doctoral courses

  1. Leading institution: University of Zagreb, Faculty of Sciences
     of Osijek
     Legović, Tarzan
  2. Leading institution: University of Zagreb, Faculty of Sciences
     of Osijek
     Ecological Modelling
     Legović, Tarzan
  3. Leading institution: University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science, Oceanology
     GIS in Oceanography
     Pečar-Ilić, Jadranka; Ružić, Ivica
  4. Leading institution: University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing,
     Selected topics from data processing
     Skočir, Zoran; Pečar-Ilić, Jadranka; Banek, Marko
  5. Leading institution: University of Rijeka, Medical Faculty
     Ecological models in environmental protection
     Legović, Tarzan

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