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Marine theme

This theme actively addresses social-ecological dynamics in marine and coastal systems, and studies the transitions towards an ecosystem approach and other means to address the global marine challenge

Areas of focus include the dynamics of ecological feedbacks and regime shifts, and the capacity of society and managing institutions to address such complex ecosystem changes.

Researchers within the theme are studying tropical and temperate systems, involving research on coral reefs, sea-grass beds, fisheries, aquaculture, food webs and eutrophication. as well as implications from global trade dynamics for marine and coastal  management.

Methods include ecological and social field studies (inventories, interviews), ecosystem modeling, meta-analysis, and theoretical development. The theme host researchers from a range of disciplines (ecology, political science, economics, sociology, law) and collaborate with a range of international research institutions.

Theme members are also active in policy dialogues with stakeholders concerned with marine governance issues.

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Related projects:
Baltic Health Index

Sustainable poverty alleviation from coastal ecosystem services (SPACES): Investigating elasticities, feedbacks and tradeoffs

Ecosystem-based and integrated coastal zone management - challenges and possibilities

Marine news
Research news | 2015-03-11
Rigid regulations, not marked dynamics or fish stocks, leave fishers more specialised and inflexible
Research news | 2015-02-19
Changes in Baltic Sea ecosystems will cause financial losses up to 120 million euros per year
Research news | 2015-01-09
Centre researchers in latest issue of Science: "China's aquaculture can tip the balance in world fish supplies"
Research news | 2015-01-08
Algae-eating fish are key to avoiding regime shifts of Hawaiian coral reefs, study finds
Research news | 2014-12-17
How the rise and fall of the Soviet Union contributed to marine regime shifts and a transition in governance.
Research news | 2014-11-29
Centre researchers look into forced resilience of intensive agriculture, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture systems
Research news | 2014-11-24
Eleven Centre researchers contribute to a new global scientific synthesis on marine regime shifts
Research news | 2014-09-11
Farming of bluefin tuna is increasing, but official estimates are far below actual production
Research news | 2014-08-21
Does aquaculture add resilience to the world’s food portfolio?
Research news | 2014-08-05
Increasing exploitation of ocean areas beyond national jurisdiction present serious governance challenges
Sturle Hauge Simonsen
Date: 2010-12-01