Focal Area: Ecosystem Health

The Center shapes its work on ocean ecosystem health around a series of cross-cutting issues at the forefront of dialogues about ocean sustainability.

Ecosystem Health

Projects

Overview

Ocean ecosystems are “healthy” if they can supply ecosystem goods and services to coastal societies and sustain marine life without compromising their fundamental structure and functioning. The Center shapes its work on ocean ecosystem health around a series of cross-cutting issues at the forefront of the ocean sustainability conversation. Our projects and working groups in this area work on:


  • determining how to address stressors in marine and coastal ecosystems while accommodating ocean uses
  • applying emerging insights from theory and practice into human-natural systems research to achieve ecosystem resilience and promote human well-being
  • providing guidance to address thresholds and performance standards for management and indicators for tracking ecosystem health
  • synthesizing and translating the science of ecosystem-based management to enhance governance and decision- making for coasts and oceans

California Fisheries

The California Fisheries project seeks to understand the challenges facing California’s state-managed fisheries and identify actionable policy opportunities.

Threats to California's Marine Protected Areas

This project evaluates the cumulative impacts of environmental stressors within California’s marine protected areas to inform future protection strategies.

Cumulative Impacts in Marine and Coastal Systems

The Center aims to harmonize the law, science and practice of cumulative impact assessment to better manage human activities that impact coasts and oceans.

EcoPrinciples Connect

The EcoPrinciples Connect tool will link publicly available data to resource management needs through the lens of ecological principles.

Environmental DNA

The eDNA project uses the DNA present in a glass of seawater to monitor the biodiversity and distribution of marine animals in the ocean.

Human Dimensions of Ecosystem-based Ocean Planning

The Human Dimensions projects seeks to incorporate social data into ocean planning initiatives and identifying social drivers of ocean tipping points.

Marine Ecosystem Services Valuation

This working group seeks to improve our understanding of how human motivation and behavior responds to changes in the benefits we gain from nature.

Ocean Tipping Points

The Ocean Tipping Points project embeds the science of ecological tipping points into ocean management.

Science Partnerships Enabling Rapid Response (SPERR)

SPERR worked to design more efficient and effective communication strategies for scientists and managers during environmental crises.

Ecosystem Health

Working Groups

The Center for Ocean Solutions believes that convening the best minds across multiple disciplines is key to creating solutions. Our working groups bring those minds together to discuss big ocean problems and craft implementable strategies. 

The Marine Ecosystem Services Valuation

This working group seeks to improve our understanding of how human motivation and behavior responds to changes in the benefits we gain from nature.

Social-Ecological Resilience and Small-Scale Fisheries

This working group seeks to explore how local and global issues impact the resilience of ecosystems and human communities that exist around small-scale fisheries.

Coastal Hypoxia in the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem

This working group seeks to identify the patterns, drivers and consequences of coastal hypoxia in the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem.

Dynamic Ocean Management

This working group seeks to answer the question of whether we can provide more successful fishery management approaches by creating dynamic boundaries that move with ocean features.

Ecosystem Health

Literature

Ecosystem health focal area projects and working groups have produced a suite of reports and related publications.

 

Featured ecosystem health literature covers topics that include:

  • Cumulative impacts on marine ecosystems
  • Marine resource management
  • Fisheries management
  • Ecosystem services

 

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