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A review of the scientific knowledge of the seascape off Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica


Lowther, A and von Quillfeldt, C and Assmy, P and De Steur, L and Descamps, S and Divine, D and Elvevold, S and Forwick, M and Fransson, A and Fraser, A and Gerland, S and Granskog, M and Hallanger, I and Hattermann, T and Itkin, M and Hop, H and Husum, K and Kovacs, K and Lydersen, C and Matsuoka, K and Miettinen, A and Moholdt, G and Moreau, S and Myhre, PI and Orme, L and Pavlova, O and Tandberg, AH, A review of the scientific knowledge of the seascape off Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica, Polar Biology, 45, (8) pp. 1313-1349. ISSN 0722-4060 (2022) [Substantial Review]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s00300-022-03059-8


Despite the exclusion of the Southern Ocean from assessments of progress towards achieving the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Strategic Plan, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) has taken on the mantle of progressing efforts to achieve it. Within the CBD, Aichi Target 11 represents an agreed commitment to protect 10% of the global coastal and marine environment. Adopting an ethos of presenting the best available scientific evidence to support policy makers, CCAMLR has progressed this by designating two Marine Protected Areas in the Southern Ocean, with three others under consideration. The region of Antarctica known as Dronning Maud Land (DML; 20degree W to 40degree E) and the Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean that abuts it conveniently spans one region under consideration for spatial protection. To facilitate both an open and transparent process to provide the vest available scientific evidence for policy makers to formulate management options, we review the body of physical, geochemical and biological knowledge of the marine environment of this region. The level of scientific knowledge throughout the seascape abutting DML is polarized, with a clear lack of data in its eastern part which is presumably related to differing levels of research effort dedicated by national Antarctic programmes in the region. The lack of basic data on fundamental aspects of the physical, geological and biological nature of eastern DML make predictions of future trends difficult to impossible, with implications for the provision of management advice including spatial management. Finally, by highlighting key knowledge gaps across the scientific disciplines our review also serves to provide guidance to future research across this important region.

Item Details

Item Type:Substantial Review
Keywords:CCAMLR, Antarctica, biophysics, knowledge, Dronning Maud Land, marine, spatial management
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:Fraser, A (Dr Alex Fraser)
ID Code:154324
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Australian Antarctic Program Partnership
Deposited On:2022-11-23
Last Modified:2022-11-23

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