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Interdisciplinary knowledge exchange across scales in a globally changing marine environment


McDonald, KS and Hobday, AJ and Fulton, EA and Thompson, PA, Interdisciplinary knowledge exchange across scales in a globally changing marine environment, Global Change Biology, 24, (7) pp. 3039-3054. ISSN 1354-1013 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/gcb.14168


The effects of anthropogenic global environmental change on biotic and abiotic processes have been reported in aquatic systems across the world. Complex synergies between concurrent environmental stressors and the resilience of the system to regime shifts, which vary in space and time, determine the capacity for marine systems to maintain structure and function with global environmental change. Consequently, an interdisciplinary approach that facilitates the development of new methods for the exchange of knowledge between scientists across multiple scales is required to effectively understand, quantify and predict climate impacts on marine ecosystem services. We use a literature review to assess the limitations and assumptions of current pathways to exchange interdisciplinary knowledge and the transferability of research findings across spatial and temporal scales and levels of biological organization to advance scientific understanding of global environmental change in marine systems. We found that species‐specific regional scale climate change research is most commonly published, and "supporting" is the ecosystem service most commonly referred to in publications. In addition, our paper outlines a trajectory for the future development of integrated climate change science for sustaining marine ecosystem services such as investment in interdisciplinary education and connectivity between disciplines.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:knowledge exchange, biology, climate change, interdisciplinary, marine ecosystems, spatial scales
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Ecological applications
Research Field:Ecosystem function
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:McDonald, KS (Ms Karlie McDonald)
UTAS Author:Hobday, AJ (Dr Alistair Hobday)
UTAS Author:Fulton, EA (Dr Elizabeth Fulton)
ID Code:131663
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:15
Deposited By:Directorate
Deposited On:2019-03-28
Last Modified:2022-12-21

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