- Our Impact
|Title||An index to assess the health and benefits of the global ocean|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2012|
|Authors||Halpern, BS, Longo, C, Hardy, D, McLeod, KL, Samhouri, JF, Katona, SK, Kleisner, K, Lester, SE, O'Leary, J, Ranelletti, M, Rosenberg, AA, Scarborough, C, Selig, ER, Best, BD, Brumbaugh, DR, Chapin, FS, Crowder, LB, Daly, KL, Doney, SC, Elfes, C, Fogarty, MJ, Gaines, SD, Jacobsen, KI, Karrer, LB, Leslie, HM, Neeley, E, Pauly, D, Polasky, S, Ris, B, St Martin, K, Stone, GS, Sumaila, UR, Zeller, D|
|Type of Article||Journal Article|
The ocean plays a critical role in supporting human well-being, from providing food, livelihoods and recreational opportunities to regulating the global climate. Sustainable management aimed at maintaining the flow of a broad range of benefits from the ocean requires a comprehensive and quantitative method to measure and monitor the health of coupled human-ocean systems. We created an index comprising ten diverse public goals for a healthy coupled human-ocean system and calculated the index for every coastal country. Globally, the overall index score was 60 out of 100 (range 36-86), with developed countries generally performing better than developing countries, but with notable exceptions. Only 5% of countries scored higher than 70, whereas 32% scored lower than 50. The index provides a powerful tool to raise public awareness, direct resource management, improve policy and prioritize scientific research.
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