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Ocean Management and Sustainability

Ocean Management and Sustainability

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Tuesday, July 11, 2017/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, marine life, sustainability, environment, climate change

                                       Marine Coral Diversity (credit: Oceans Tipping Point Project)

At a time of major stresses for the oceans, innovative scientists, policy entrepreneurs, and business types need new, practical, and effective managment tools. These action-focused efforts are needed to prevent tipping points before they happen. A tipping point indicates when a critical point in an evolving situation has been reached and rapidly leads to a new and irreversible status. In the oceans, collapsed fisheries, coastal dead zones, melting icesheets, and dying reefs, are the ecological consequences that devastate marine environments and anyone who depends upon them. Embedding knowledge of this ecological process into marine management solutions is tricky.

A pioneering initiative to address this have been made by a interdiciplinary project by the Center for Ocean Solutions with the launch of the Oceans Tipping Points web-portal. The portal takes advantage of marine science and ecological data gathered in databases managed by the National Center for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis (NCEAS). The synthesis of this 'big data' is now being made available via the new portal. NCEAS project leaders explain the new oceans initiative:

The ecosystem-scale project is in its infancy. Among the challenging management goals will be how best to effectively address marine sustainability, using the scienctific data and research results, and to communicate with those who have vested interests in the oceans. However, the work is very timely, very important, and there is very much needed to be accomplished.

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