Diagnostic monitoring of a changing environment: An alternative UK perspective

Hardman-Mountford, N., Allen, J.I., Frost, M.T., Hawkins, S.J., Kendall, M.A., Mieszkowska, N., Richardson, K.A. and Somerfield, P.J. (2005) Diagnostic monitoring of a changing environment: An alternative UK perspective. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 50, (12), 1463-1471. (doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2005.06.022).


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Adaptive management of the marine environment requires an understanding of the complex interactions within it. Establishing levels of natural variability within and between marine ecosystems is a necessary prerequisite to this process and requires a monitoring programme which takes account of the issues of time, space and scale. In this paper, we argue that an ecosystem approach to managing the marine environment should take direct account of climate change indicators at a regional level if it is to cope with the unprecedented change expected as a result of human impacts on the earth climate system. We discuss the purpose of environmental monitoring and the importance of maintaining long-term time series. Recommendations are made on the use of these data in conjunction with modern extrapolation and integration tools (e.g. ecosystem models, remote sensing) to provide a diagnostic approach to the management of marine ecosystems, based on adaptive indicators and dynamic baselines.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2005.06.022
ISSNs: 0025-326X (print)
0025-326X (electronic)
Keywords: Ecosystem; Indicators; Monitoring; Baselines; Time series; Modelling
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Ocean & Earth Science (SOC/SOES)
ePrint ID: 188271
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
December 2005Published
Date Deposited: 23 May 2011 13:13
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:39
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/188271

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