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Integrated modelling to support decision-making for marine social-ecological systems in Australia

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Melbourne-Thomas, J and Constable, AJ and Fulton, EA and Corney, SP and Trebilco, R and Hobday, AJ and Blanchard, J and Boschetti, F and Bustamante, RH and Cropp, R and Everett, JD and Fleming, A and Galton-Fenzi, B and Goldsworthy, SD and Lenton, A and Lara-Lopez, A and Little, R and Marzloff, MP and Matear, R and Mongin, M and Plaganyi, E and Proctor, R and Risby, JS and Robson, BJ and Smith, DC and Sumner, MD and van Putten, E, Integrated modelling to support decision-making for marine social-ecological systems in Australia, ICES Journal of Marine Science, 74, (9) pp. 2298-2308. ISSN 1054-3139 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2017 International Council for the Exploration of the Sea

DOI: doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsx078

Abstract

Policy- and decision-makers require assessments of status and trends for marine species, habitats, and ecosystems to understand if human activities in the marine environment are sustainable, particularly in the face of global change. Central to many assessments are statistical and dynamical models of populations, communities, ecosystems, and their socioeconomic systems and management frameworks. The establishment of a national system that could facilitate the development of such model-based assessments has been identified as a priority for addressing management challenges for Australia’s marine environment. Given that most assessments require cross-scale information, individual models cannot capture all of the spatial, temporal, biological, and socioeconomic scales that are typically needed. Coupling or integrating models across scales and domains can expand the scope for developing comprehensive and internally consistent, system-level assessments, including higher-level feedbacks in social–ecological systems. In this article, we summarize: (i) integrated modelling for marine systems currently being undertaken in Australia, (ii) methods used for integration and comparison of models, and (iii) improvements to facilitate further integration, particularly with respect to standards and specifications. We consider future needs for integrated modelling of marine social–ecological systems in Australia and provide a set of recommendations for priority focus areas in the development of a national approach to integrated modelling. These recommendations draw on—and have broader relevance for—international efforts around integrated modelling to inform decision-making for marine systems.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australia, integrated modelling, marine systems, social–ecological systems
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental Science and Management
Research Field:Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Ecosystem Assessment and Management
Objective Field:Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments
Author:Melbourne-Thomas, J (Dr Jessica Melbourne-Thomas)
Author:Constable, AJ (Dr Andrew Constable)
Author:Fulton, EA (Dr Elizabeth Fulton)
Author:Corney, SP (Dr Stuart Corney)
Author:Trebilco, R (Dr Rowan Trebilco)
Author:Hobday, AJ (Dr Alistair Hobday)
Author:Blanchard, J (Dr Julia Blanchard)
Author:Fleming, A (Dr Aysha Fleming)
Author:Galton-Fenzi, B (Dr Ben Galton-Fenzi)
Author:Lara-Lopez, A (Dr Ana Lara-Lopez)
Author:Little, R (Dr Richard Little)
Author:Marzloff, MP (Dr Martin Marzloff)
Author:Plaganyi, E (Dr Eva Plaganyi-Lloyd)
Author:Proctor, R (Dr Roger Proctor)
Author:Smith, DC (Dr David Smith)
Author:Sumner, MD (Mr Michael Sumner)
Author:van Putten, E (Dr Ingrid Van Putten)
ID Code:116539
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2017-05-12
Last Modified:2017-12-13
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