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From data to marine ecosystem assessments of the Southern Ocean: achievements, challenges, and lessons for the future


Van de Putte, AP and Griffiths, HJ and Brooks, A and Bricher, P and Sweetlove, M and Halfter, S and Raymond, B, From data to marine ecosystem assessments of the Southern Ocean: achievements, challenges, and lessons for the future, Frontiers in Marine Science, 8 Article 637063. ISSN 2296-7745 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3389/fmars.2021.637063


Southern Ocean ecosystems offer numerous benefits to human society and the global environment, and maintaining them requires well-informed and effective ecosystem-based management. Up to date and accurate information is needed on the status of species, communities, habitats and ecosystems and the impacts of fisheries, tourism and climate change. This information can be used to generate indicators and undertake assessments to advise decision-makers. Currently, most marine assessments are derivative: reliant on the review of published peer-reviewed literature. More timely and accurate information for decision making requires an integrated Marine Biological Observing and Informatics System that combines and distributes data. For such a system to work, data needs to be shared according to the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable), use transparent and reproducible science, adhere to the principle of action ecology and complement global initiatives. Here we aim to provide an overview of the components of such a system currently in place for the Southern Ocean, the existing gaps and a framework for a way forward.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:marine assessment, observing and informatics system, FAIR principles
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems
UTAS Author:Bricher, P (Dr Pip Bricher)
UTAS Author:Halfter, S (Ms Svenja Halfter)
UTAS Author:Raymond, B (Dr Ben Raymond)
ID Code:148528
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2022-01-20
Last Modified:2022-02-25
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