Operationalizing Ocean Health: Toward Integrated Research on Ocean Health and Recovery to Achieve Ocean Sustainability

Franke, Andrea, Blenckner, Thorsten, Duarte, Carlos M., Ott, Konrad, Fleming, Lora E., Antia, Avan, Reusch, Thorsten B. H., Bertram, Christine, Hein, Jonas, Kronfeld-Goharani, Ulrike, Dierking, Jan, Kuhn, Annegret, Sato, Chie, van Doorn, Erik, Wall, Marlene, Schartau, Markus, Karez, Rolf, Crowder, Larry, Keller, David P., Engel, Anja, Hentschel, Ute and Prigge, Enno (2020) Operationalizing Ocean Health: Toward Integrated Research on Ocean Health and Recovery to Achieve Ocean Sustainability One Earth, 2 (6). pp. 557-565. DOI 10.1016/j.oneear.2020.05.013.

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Protecting the ocean has become a major goal of international policy as human activities increasingly endanger the integrity of the ocean ecosystem, often summarized as “ocean health.” By and large, efforts to protect the ocean have failed because, among other things, (1) the underlying socio-ecological pathways have not been properly considered, and (2) the concept of ocean health has been ill defined. Collectively, this prevents an adequate societal response as to how ocean ecosystems and their vital functions for human societies can be protected and restored. We review the confusion surrounding the term “ocean health” and suggest an operational ocean-health framework in line with the concept of strong sustainability. Given the accelerating degeneration of marine ecosystems, the restoration of regional ocean health will be of increasing importance. Our advocated transdisciplinary and multi-actor framework can help to advance the implementation of more active measures to restore ocean health and safeguard human health and well-being.

Document Type: Article
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB2 Marine Biogeochemistry > FB2-BM Biogeochemical Modeling
Kiel University > Kiel Marine Science
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB3 Marine Ecology > FB3-EV Marine Evolutionary Ecology
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB2 Marine Biogeochemistry > FB2-BI Biological Oceanography
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB3 Marine Ecology > FB3-EOE-B Experimental Ecology - Benthic Ecology
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-OD Ocean Dynamics
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB3 Marine Ecology > FB3-MS Marine Symbioses
Kiel University
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1016/j.oneear.2020.05.013
ISSN: 2590-3330
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2020 09:11
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2020 07:24
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/49844

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