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The Ocean Decade: a true ecosystem modeling challenge


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Heymans, JJ, Bundy, A, Christensen, V, Coll, M, de Mutsert, K, Fulton, EA, Piroddi, C, Shin, Y-J, Steenbeek, J and Travers-Trolet, M 2020 , 'The Ocean Decade: a true ecosystem modeling challenge' , Frontiers in Marine Science, vol. 7, no. SEPT , pp. 1-5 , doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.554573.

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The UN declared the 2021–2030 as the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (Ocean Decade). The Ocean Decade's vision is to “develop scientific knowledge, build infrastructure and foster relationships for a sustainable and healthy ocean.” The Ocean Decade aims to achieve six societal outcomes: (1) A clean ocean, through identifying and removing sources of pollution; (2) A healthy and resilient ocean, with mapped and protected marine ecosystems; (3) A predicted ocean, enabling society to understand current and future ocean conditions; (4) A safe ocean, protecting people from ocean hazards; (5) A sustainably harvested ocean, providing food and resources for the blue economy; and (6) A transparent ocean, giving citizens equitable access to data, information and technologies. It also aims to provide concrete scientific support to coastal management, adaptation and restoration, marine spatial planning, marine protected areas, fisheries management, sustainable expansion of the blue economy, nationally determined contributions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), national ocean policies, development of national Research and Development (R&D), capacity development, and early warning systems.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Heymans, JJ and Bundy, A and Christensen, V and Coll, M and de Mutsert, K and Fulton, EA and Piroddi, C and Shin, Y-J and Steenbeek, J and Travers-Trolet, M
Keywords: Ocean Decade, ecosystem modelling, climate change, ecosystem based management, sustainable development goals
Journal or Publication Title: Frontiers in Marine Science
Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
ISSN: 2296-7745
DOI / ID Number: 10.3389/fmars.2020.554573
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Copyright 2020 Heymans, Bundy, Christensen, Coll, de Mutsert, Fulton, Piroddi,Shin, Steenbeek and Travers-Trolet. This is an open-access article distributedunder the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY).

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