Best practices for assessing ocean health in multiple contexts using tailorable frameworks.
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Lowndes, Julia S.S.
Pacheco, Erich J.
Best, Benjamin D.
Katona, Steven K.
Halpern, Benjamin S.
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Marine policy is increasingly calling for maintaining or restoring healthy oceans while human activities continue to intensify. Thus, successful prioritization and management of competing objectives requires a comprehensive assessment of the current state of the ocean. Unfortunately, assessment frameworks to define and quantify current ocean state are often site-specific, limited to a few ocean components, and difficult to reproduce in different geographies or even through time, limiting spatial or temporal comparisons as well as the potential for shared learning. Ideally, frameworks should be tailorable to accommodate use in disparate locations and contexts, removing the need to develop frameworks de novo and allowing efforts to focus on the assessments themselves to advise action. Here, we present some of our experiences using the Ocean Health Index (OHI) framework, a tailorable and repeatable approach that measures health of coupled human-ocean ecosystems in different contexts by ac.....
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)SDG14.1
Best Practice TypeBest Practice
CitationLowndes, J.S..; Pacheco, E.J.; Best, B.D., Scarborough, C.; Longo, C.; Katona, S.K. and Halpern, B.S. (2015) Best practices for assessing ocean health in multiple contexts using tailorable frameworks. PeerJ 3:e1503. DOI: https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.1503
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