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Ocean Health Index

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National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS)

The Ocean Health Index identifies people as part of a human-ocean ecosystem. The Index is the first assessment tool that scientifically measures key elements from all dimensions of the ocean’s health — biological, physical, economic and social — to assess​ how sustainably people are using the ocean and guide decision makers toward the susta ...

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DOI: 10.1126/science.1149345
DOI: 10.1038/nature11397
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0060284

Last Update: 2020

Data reporting Ecosystem function Marine

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The Ocean Health Index identifies people as part of a human-ocean ecosystem. The Index is the first assessment tool that scientifically measures key elements from all dimensions of the ocean’s health — biological, physical, economic and social — to assess​ how sustainably people are using the ocean and guide decision makers toward the sustainable use of the ocean. More than 65 scientists and partners between organizations including the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Sea Around Us, Conservation International, National Geographic, and the New England Aquarium, worked together to develop the Index, which provides an annual assessment of ocean health using information from over 100 scientific databases. The Index calculates baseline scores for 221 countries and territories and is updated annually to measure progress on 10 human goals: food provision, artisanal fishing opportunities, natural products, carbon storage, coastal protection, livelihoods and economies, tourism and recreation, sense of place, clean waters and biodiversity. Founding grant provided by Beaue & Heather Wrigley & Pacific life foundation.

Contact person: Ben Halpern
Contact e-mail: halpern@nceas.ucsb.edu
Contact institute: National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS)
URL(s): http://www.oceanhealthindex.org
https://www.conservation.org/projects/ocean-health-index
http://www.oceanhealthindex.org/region-scores/maps

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