Sustainable seas

The Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge’s vision is for NZ to have healthy marine ecosystems that provide value for every New Zealander. Its research…
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Marine stressors
Marine stressors - INTERACTIVE Use this interactive to identify stressors in marine environments.
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The hidden marine infrastructure
The hidden marine infrastructure - VIDEO Listen as Professor Conrad Pilditch describes the hidden marine infrastructure – the ecosystem interactions – that provide many of the goods and services we get from our oceans.
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Modelling marine stressors and tipping points
Modelling marine stressors - STUDENT ACTIVITY Simply defined, a tipping point is the point when a number of changes or incidents become significant enough to cause a large change in the way a system functions. The tipping point concept is used across many disciplines. When used in an ecological setting, scientists generally regard a tipping point as when an ecosystem moves from something of value to one less valued.
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Identifying marine stressors
Identifying marine stressors - INTERACTIVE STUDENT ACTIVITY In this activity, students use online or paper resources to identify potential human-induced marine stressors. Students can then use this information to consider steps they can take as individuals or as part of the school or community to help reduce the stress.
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Investigating marine and coastal tipping points
Investigating marine and coastal tipping points — RESOURCE As New Zealanders, we love our oceans. Coastal and offshore waters are our playgrounds and sustain us spiritually and economically. As a nation, we want this ecological relationship to continue – we want to have healthy ecosystems that provide the goods and services we have always enjoyed. However, competing uses of the marine environment,
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Tipping points
Tipping points - VIDEO Professor Conrad Pilditch explains the concept of tipping points. Jargon alert State changes Changes to an ecosystem – often from a valued state to a less valued one. For example, a loss of biodiversity due to overfishing. Note this is different to changes in states of matter.
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Sustainable Seas Challenge EBM
Environmental thinking and planning with ecosystem-based management (EBM) — STUDENT ACTIVITY
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Kelp
Dynamic Seas — ARTICLE The seas surrounding New Zealand are complex. They are a connected and dynamic mix of chemical, physical and biological processes. The sheer size of the ocean and the complexity of interactions mean there is a lot we don’t know about marine environments. New Zealanders depend on and value the sea for kaimoana, aquaculture and fisheries, tourism, transport, recreation and spiritual wellbeing.
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National Marine Ecosystem Status
What is Eco-system Based Management - NOAA ARTICLE
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Working together
Working together — VIDEO This introductory video by the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge shows the wide collaborative effort to involve diverse communities in developing ecosystem-based management (EBM).
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Looking at ecosystem-based management (EBM)
Ecosystem-based management - ARTICLE The Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge’s vision is for New Zealand to have healthy marine ecosystems providing value for every New Zealander. It has seven research themes, and each theme supports the development of a new way to manage our marine environment called ecosystem-based management (EBM).
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Marine ecosystem stressors
Marine ecosystem stressors - VIDEO University of Waikato Professor Conrad Pilditch, part of the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge, provides insight into marine environmental stressors – events that put pressure on ecosystem productivity and functions. Jargon alert Positive feedback Aquatic ecosystems are often able to quickly recycle nutrients and minerals. This resilience allows them to cope with disturbances.
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Sustainable Seas Challenge EBM
Ecosystem-based management (EBM) - INFOGRAPHIC Developing ecosystem-based management (EBM) is at the core of the Sustainable Seas Challenge. EBM will help resource managers more effectively manage our marine resources and involve Māori, industry, communities and environmental groups in decision making.
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Sustainable Seas national marine experiment
Sustainable Seas national marine experiment - VIDEO The Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge is conducting the country’s first national experiment of its kind. Professor Conrad Pilditch explains how scientists are collecting data on the interactive effects of increased turbidity (cloudy water due to sediments) and nutrients on coastal ecosystems. Why do you think that Conrad refers to marine ecosystems as hidden gardens?
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