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The Atlantic Ocean is a vital shared resource and an essential element of the functioning of the Earth System. This ocean is also subject to a multitude of pressures including warming, widespread overexploitation of natural resources, accumulating pollution and litter, increasing frequency and intensity of ...

The Atlantic Ocean is a vital shared resource and an essential element of the functioning of the Earth System. This ocean is also subject to a multitude of pressures including warming, widespread overexploitation of natural resources, accumulating pollution and litter, increasing frequency and intensity of extreme events. Present knowledge on the status, drivers and dynamics of the Atlantic ecosystems is however insufficient for the governments of Atlantic Nations to devise appropriate management actions aiming at improving the sustainability of increasing human pressures. Approaches to predict future changes in marine ecosystem that take into account climate and human pressures are needed to empower managers and societies to make decisions affecting functioning of the marine ecosystems. Hence there is an urgent need to fill these knowledge gaps and develop the scientific understanding from genes to ecosystems in a changing climate to evaluate management options and secure the goods and services provided by the Atlantic Ocean.



We welcome research to enhance the knowledge on the status and dynamics of Atlantic marine social-ecological systems, biophysical observations and modelling, quantifying main drivers of short and long-term change, examine the interactions between different stressors, including climate change, developing approaches to predict future changes, and the provide insight on the role of cumulative impacts on ecosystem functioning and associated ecosystem services.



(1) Mapping and valuing ocean resources (e.g., pelagic, benthic, seafloor)

(2) Drivers and patterns of marine biodiversity from genes to ecosystems

(3) Holistic approaches to ecosystem state assessments

(4) Sustainable exploitation and management of ocean resources

(5) Scenarios of socio-ecological change, including climate change

(6) Development of integrated marine ecosystem prediction systems.



Submissions spanning natural and social sciences are accepted, as well as focus on ocean observation technology and including the following article types: Perspectives, Reviews, Policy & Practice Reviews, and Policy Briefs.

Keywords: Integrated Assessment, Climate, Biodiversity, Ecological Modeling, Marine Policy, Ecosystem Indicators, Population Connectivity, Biogeography, Oceanography, Ocean Science Diplomacy, Multiple Stressors, Climate Prediction and Change, Fisheries Management


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