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Marine research and management topics addressed by process-based ecosystem models

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  • Solfrid Saetre Hjollo, Inst Marine Res, Institute of Marine Research - Norway, Tromso Dept
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  • Sonja M. van Leeuwen, Univ Utrecht, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), Utrecht University, Royal Netherlands Inst Sea Res, Dept Coastal Syst
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  • Marie Maar

The earth's oceans and ecosystems face climatic changes and multiple anthropogenic stressors. In the face of this, managers of the marine environment are increasingly adopting the ecosystem approach to underpin their decision making. Process-based ecosystem models (frequently referred to as dynamic models) synthesize existing observational and experimental knowledge into a numerical framework, but an obstacle to the incorporation of these models in management is the lack of credibility due to limited control of uncertainty in the results. The 13 papers in this Theme Section highlight how ecosystem models are, or can be, applied as management tools, and the various ways in which they quantify uncertainty and evaluate the skill. The papers span all levels of biological organization from individuals to populations and ecosystems, and cover a wide selection of anthropogenic pressures. Bearing in mind that the interpretation of observations is in fact also a model with representativeness error, we advocate a closer combination of observations and models to bring both methods forward. With the current challenges to the marine ecosystem and our uses of it, the more tools marine managers have in their `toolbox', the better; dynamic modelling is one such very important tool, and its inclusion in ecosystem management should be continuously assessed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMarine Ecology Progress Series
Volume680
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
ISSN0171-8630
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Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2021

    Research areas

  • Marine management, Ecosystem modelling, End-to-end models, Uncertainty, FRAMEWORK

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