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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), pp. 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.

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Published date: December 2005
Keywords: Ecosystem, Indicators, Monitoring, Baselines, Time series, Modelling


Local EPrints ID: 188271
ISSN: 0025-326X
PURE UUID: 4219793e-84f7-456a-b864-4a393770a435

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Date deposited: 23 May 2011 13:13
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:42

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Author: N. Hardman-Mountford
Author: J.I. Allen
Author: M.T. Frost
Author: S.J. Hawkins
Author: M.A. Kendall
Author: N. Mieszkowska
Author: K.A. Richardson
Author: P.J. Somerfield

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