A blueprint for integrating scientific approaches and international communities to assess basin-wide ocean ecosystem status

J. Murray Roberts, Colin W. Devey, Arne Biastoch, Marina Carreiro-Silva, Tina Dohna, Boris Dorschel, Vikki Gunn, Veerle A. I. Huvenne, David Johnson, Didier Jollivet, Ellen L. R. Kenchington, Kate Larkin, Marjolaine Matabos, Telmo Morato, Malik S. Naumann, Covadonga Orejas, J. Angel A. Perez, Stefán Ragnarsson, Albertus J. Smit, Andrew SweetmanSebastian Unger, Benjamin Boteler, Lea-Anne Henry

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Abstract

Ocean ecosystems are at the forefront of the climate and biodiversity crises, yet we lack a unified approach to assess their state and inform sustainable policies. This blueprint is designed around research capabilities and cross-sectoral partnerships. We highlight priorities including integrating basin-scale observation, modelling and genomic approaches to understand Atlantic oceanography and ecosystem connectivity; improving ecosystem mapping; identifying potential tipping points in deep and open ocean ecosystems; understanding compound impacts of multiple stressors including warming, acidification and deoxygenation; enhancing spatial and temporal management and protection. We argue that these goals are best achieved through partnerships with policy-makers and community stakeholders, and promoting research groups from the South Atlantic through investment and engagement. Given the high costs of such research (€800k to €1.7M per expedition and €30–40M for a basin-scale programme), international cooperation and funding are integral to supporting science-led policies to conserve ocean ecosystems that transcend jurisdictional borders.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
JournalNature Communications Earth and Environment
Volume4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jan 2023

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