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Manuel Barange, John G. Field, Roger P. Harris, Eileen E. Hofmann, R. Ian Perry, and Francisco Werner

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199558025

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558025.001.0001

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Marine ecosystems and global change: a synthesis

Marine ecosystems and global change: a synthesis

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(p.323) Chapter 11 Marine ecosystems and global change: a synthesis
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Marine Ecosystems and Global Change
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Eileen E. Hofmann

Manuel Barange

John G. Field

Roger P. Harris

R. Ian Perry

Francisco E. Werner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558025.003.0011

The advances made by the GLOBEC programme are summarized in terms of what was learned from GLOBEC science, the science themes now emerging from GLOBEC results, and the implications of these for future interdisciplinary marine ecosystem research programmes. The fundamental changes in understanding of scales of interactions of marine ecosystems, alternative views of food webs, and the appreciation of the role of humans in marine ecosystem processes that have come from GLOBEC science are highlighted. Emerging themes related to scales and thresholds, human interactions with ecosystem change, and advances in modelling marine ecosystems provide the basis for future research that builds on the GLOBEC programme. The lessons learned from the GLOBEC programme highlight, and provide direction for, the many challenges that will have to be overcome to develop the integrative research programmes between the natural, social, and economic sciences that are needed to understand and sustain the world's ocean in an era of increasing change and uncertainty.

Keywords:   marine ecosystems, GLOBEC synthesis, marine food webs, GLOBEC legacy, climate—marine ecosystem interactions

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