Reconsidering ocean calamities

Duarte, Carlos M., Fulweiler, Robinson W., Lovelock, Catherine E., Martinetto, Paulina, Saunders, Megan I., Pandolfi, John M., Gelcich, Stefan and Nixon, Scott W. (2015) Reconsidering ocean calamities. BioScience, 65 2: 130-139. doi:10.1093/biosci/biu198

Author Duarte, Carlos M.
Fulweiler, Robinson W.
Lovelock, Catherine E.
Martinetto, Paulina
Saunders, Megan I.
Pandolfi, John M.
Gelcich, Stefan
Nixon, Scott W.
Title Reconsidering ocean calamities
Journal name BioScience   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1525-3244
Publication date 2015-01-28
Year available 2014
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1093/biosci/biu198
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 65
Issue 2
Start page 130
End page 139
Total pages 10
Place of publication Cary, NC, United States
Publisher Oxford University Press
Language eng
Subject 1100 Agricultural and Biological Sciences
Abstract The proliferation of a number of pressures affecting the ocean is leading to a growing concern that the state of the ocean is compromised, which is driving society into pessimism. Ocean calamities are disruptive changes to ocean ecosystems that have profound impacts and that are widespread or global in scope. However, scrutiny of ocean calamities to ensure that they can be confidently attributed to human drivers, operate at widespread or global scales, and cause severe disruptions of marine social-ecosystems shows that some of the problems fail to meet these requirements or that the evidence is equivocal. A number of biases internal and external to the scientific community contribute to perpetuating the perception of ocean calamities in the absence of robust evidence. An organized auditing of ocean calamities may deliver a more precise diagnosis of the status of the oceans, which may help to identify the most pressing problems that need be addressed to conserve a healthy ocean.
Keyword Deterioration
Organized skepticism
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID CTM2012-32603
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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