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Advancing marine biological observations and data requirements of the complementary Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs) and Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) frameworks

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Muller-Karger, FE, Miloslavich, P, Bax, NJ, Simmons, S, Costello, MJ, Pinto, IS, Canonico, G, Turner, W, Gill, M, Montes, E, Best, BD, Pearlman, J, Halpin, P, Dunn, D, Benson, A, Martin, CS, Weatherdon, LV, Appeltans, W, Provoost, P, Klein, E, Kelble, CR, Miller, RJ, Chavez, FP, Iken, K, Chiba, S, Obura, D, Navarro, LM, Pereira, HM, Allain, V, Batten, S, Benedetti-Checchi, L, Duffy, JE, Kudela, RM, Rebelo, L-M, Shin, Y and Geller, G 2018 , 'Advancing marine biological observations and data requirements of the complementary Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs) and Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) frameworks' , Frontiers in Marine Science, vol. 5, no. JUN , pp. 1-15 , doi: 10.3389/fmars.2018.00211.

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Abstract

Measurements of the status and trends of key indicators for the ocean and marine life are required to inform policy and management in the context of growing human uses of marine resources, coastal development, and climate change. Two synergistic efforts identify specific priority variables for monitoring: Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs) through the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), and Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) from the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) (see Data Sheet 1 in Supplementary Materials for a glossary of acronyms). Both systems support reporting against internationally agreed conventions and treaties. GOOS, established under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), plays a leading role in coordinating global monitoring of the ocean and in the definition of EOVs. GEO BON is a global biodiversity observation network that coordinates observations to enhance management of the world's biodiversity and promote both the awareness and accounting of ecosystem services. Convergence and agreement between these two efforts are required to streamline existing and new marine observation programs to advance scientific knowledge effectively and to support the sustainable use and management of ocean spaces and resources. In this context, the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON), a thematic component of GEO BON, is collaborating with GOOS, the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS), and the Integrated Marine Biosphere Research (IMBeR) project to ensure that EBVs and EOVs are complementary, representing alternative uses of a common set of scientific measurements. This work is informed by the Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM), an intergovernmental body of technical experts that helps international coordination on best practices for observing, data management and services, combined with capacity development expertise. Characterizing biodiversity and understanding its drivers will require incorporation of observations from traditional and molecular taxonomy, animal tagging and tracking efforts, ocean biogeochemistry, and ocean observatory initiatives including the deep ocean and seafloor. The partnership between large-scale ocean observing and product distribution initiatives (MBON, OBIS, JCOMM, and GOOS) is an expedited, effective way to support international policy-level assessments (e.g., the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services or IPBES), along with the implementation of international development goals (e.g., the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals).

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Muller-Karger, FE and Miloslavich, P and Bax, NJ and Simmons, S and Costello, MJ and Pinto, IS and Canonico, G and Turner, W and Gill, M and Montes, E and Best, BD and Pearlman, J and Halpin, P and Dunn, D and Benson, A and Martin, CS and Weatherdon, LV and Appeltans, W and Provoost, P and Klein, E and Kelble, CR and Miller, RJ and Chavez, FP and Iken, K and Chiba, S and Obura, D and Navarro, LM and Pereira, HM and Allain, V and Batten, S and Benedetti-Checchi, L and Duffy, JE and Kudela, RM and Rebelo, L-M and Shin, Y and Geller, G
Keywords: essential ocean variables (EOV), essential biodiversity variables (EBV), marine biodiversity observation network (MBON), global ocean observing system (GOOS), ocean biogeographic information system (OBIS), marine global earth observatory (MarineGEO)
Journal or Publication Title: Frontiers in Marine Science
Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
ISSN: 2296-7745
DOI / ID Number: 10.3389/fmars.2018.00211
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Copyright 2018 Muller-Karger, Miloslavich, Bax, Simmons, Costello, Sousa Pinto, Canonico, Turner, Gill, Montes, Best, Pearlman, Halpin, Dunn, Benson, Martin, Weatherdon, Appeltans, Provoost, Klein, Kelble, Miller, Chavez, Iken, Chiba, Obura, Navarro, Pereira, Allain, Batten, Benedetti-Chechhi, Duffy, Kudela, Rebelo, Shin and Geller. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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