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Planetary boundaries for a blue planet


Nash, KL and Cvitanovic, C and Fulton, EA and Halpern, BS and Milner-Gulland, EJ and Watson, RA and Blanchard, JL, Planetary boundaries for a blue planet, Nature Ecology and Evolution, 1 pp. 1625-1634. ISSN 2397-334X (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0319-z


Concepts underpinning the planetary boundaries framework are being incorporated into multilateral discussions on sustainability, influencing international environmental policy development. Research underlying the boundaries has primarily focused on terrestrial systems, despite the fundamental role of marine biomes for Earth system function and societal wellbeing, seriously hindering the efficacy of the boundary approach. We explore boundaries from a marine perspective. For each boundary, we show how improved integration of marine systems influences our understanding of the risk of crossing these limits. Better integration of marine systems is essential if planetary boundaries are to inform Earth system governance.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:planetary boundaries, sustainability, environmental policy, marine systems
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
UTAS Author:Nash, KL (Dr Kirsty Nash)
UTAS Author:Cvitanovic, C (Dr Christopher Cvitanovic)
UTAS Author:Fulton, EA (Dr Elizabeth Fulton)
UTAS Author:Watson, RA (Professor Reginald Watson)
UTAS Author:Blanchard, JL (Dr Julia Blanchard)
ID Code:122089
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:48
Deposited By:Oceans and Cryosphere
Deposited On:2017-10-30
Last Modified:2018-12-13

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