Magazine article The Futurist

Sustainable Use of the Oceans. (Environment)

Magazine article The Futurist

Sustainable Use of the Oceans. (Environment)

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Improving technology will help ocean scientists collect, analyze, and disseminate information that will permit more-sustainable fishing and aquaculture, as well as enhance our understanding of the limits of ocean life.

In Oceans 2020, a compilation of ocean science assessments, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission recommends the following research emphases for future marine management:

* Remote sensing. Data from ocean sensors complement observations from space satellites, but further developments are needed to allow observations on a much larger scale and in remote regions of the ocean. Specifically, bio-optical and bioacoustic methods would revolutionize biological oceanography and fisheries biology.

* Predictive models. Local, regional, and global models of ocean systems are becoming more widely available, which means researchers can spend more time on their data and less time creating new models. Still, new models need to be developed, particularly models that present complex physical-biological coupling in a simplified way. One example would be a model that predicts fish population from remotely sensing the chlorophyll in the ocean surface-- without attempting to also model all the complex links in the food chain. …

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