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Data use and information creation: challenges for marine scientists and for managers
Hiscock, K.; Elliott, M.; Laffoley, D.; Rogers, S. (2003). Data use and information creation: challenges for marine scientists and for managers. Mar. Pollut. Bull. 46(5): 534-541
In: Marine Pollution Bulletin. Macmillan: London. ISSN 0025-326X, more
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    Marine

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  • Hiscock, K., more
  • Elliott, M., more
  • Laffoley, D.
  • Rogers, S.

Abstract
    In the coastal waters of European countries and in the offshore waters of the north-east Atlantic, there is an increasing need for scientists to meet challenging objectives, such as to identify meaningful measures of 'quality', and to recommend 'indicators' to underpin implementation of directives, conventions, statutes and other more informal national and international initiatives. Those indicators may relate to particular species or habitats, to changes in physical and chemical characteristics, and even to the use to which the system is put. The problems to be overcome are difficult, but new and developing approaches will make a significant contribution. The approaches include: criteria to identify 'sensitivity' and 'importance', structures to organise information and electronic information resources to access data.The real challenge is to make the results of the various scientific initiatives relevant to and understandable by a wide range of customers with similar overlapping requirements, and thus make a genuine contribution to protecting the marine environment. Above and beyond that is the need for scientists to drive the agenda to enable real and lasting progress to be made towards ecosystem-based management of our seas and a proper consideration of what 'sustainability' may mean in the marine environment and how we utilise its resources.

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