New paradigms for supporting the resilience of marine ecosystems

Hughes, Terence P., Bellwood, David R., Folke, Carl, Steneck, Robert S., and Wilson, James (2005) New paradigms for supporting the resilience of marine ecosystems. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 20 (7). pp. 380-386.

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Abstract

Resource managers and scientists from disparate disciplines are rising to the challenge of understanding and moderating human impacts on marine ecosystems. Traditional barriers to communication between marine ecologists, fisheries biologists, social scientists and economists are beginning to break down, and the distinction between applied and basic research is fading. These ongoing trends arise, in part, from an increasing awareness of the profound influence of people on the functioning of all marine ecosystems, an increased focus on spatial and temporal scale, and a renewed assessment of the role of biodiversity in the sustainability of ecosystem goods and services upon which human societies depend. Here, we highlight the emergence of a complex systems approach for sustaining and repairing marine ecosystems, linking ecological resilience to governance structures, economics and society.

Item ID: 1489
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1872-8383
Keywords: human impacts, marine ecosystems, adaptive governance, resilience, recovery
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2007
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 100%
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