ICES Annual Science Conference 2017

Theme session H

The practical use of ecosystem indicators for decision-making

Conveners:
Jamie C. Tam (Canada)
Alida Bundy (Canada)
Laura Uusitalo (Finland)
Annukka Lehikoinen (Finland)

​​​​The past decade has seen significant advances in the development and compilation of indicators for marine ecosystems. The uptake and use of these indicators, however, remains a challenge. A key challenge has been to delineate thresholds in indicators from which management decisions can be made. 

This session seeks to highlight two things related to marine ecosystem indicators:​

  • methods to determine where key thresholds, tipping points, or other regions of non-linearity from which decision criteria can be established for management concerns 
  • ​case studies where indicators are being considered for marine ecosystem-based management. 

This session will not accept a list, catalogue or description of ecosystem indicators or indicator reporting, nor will it seek to highlight indicator selection processes. The main outcome is to identify lessons learned in the actual, practical use of ecosystem indicators to inform management decisions.

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Theme session H

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