A1 Journal article (refereed)
Attuning to a changing ocean (2020)

Stenseth, Nils Chr., Payne Mark R., Bonsdorff, Erik, Dankel, Dorothy J., Durant,Joël M., Anderson, Leif G., Armstrong, Claire W., Blenckner, Thorsten, Brakstad, Ailin, Dupont, Sam, Eikeset, Anne M., Goksøyr, Anders, Jónsson, Steingrímur, Kuparinen, Anna, Våge, Kjetil, Österblom, Henrik, Paasche, Øyvind. (2020). Attuning to a changing ocean. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 117(34), 20363-20371. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1915352117

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All authors or editors: Stenseth, Nils Chr.; Payne Mark R.; Bonsdorff, Erik; Dankel, Dorothy J.; Durant,Joël M.; Anderson, Leif G.; Armstrong, Claire W.; Blenckner, Thorsten; Brakstad, Ailin; Dupont, Sam; et al.

Journal or series: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

ISSN: 0027-8424

eISSN: 1091-6490

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 117

Issue number: 34

Pages range: 20363-20371

Publisher: National Academy of Sciences

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1915352117

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/71474


The ocean is a lifeline for human existence, but current practices risk severely undermining ocean sustainability. Present and future social−ecological challenges necessitate the maintenance and development of knowledge and action by stimulating collaboration among scientists and between science, policy, and practice. Here we explore not only how such collaborations have developed in the Nordic countries and adjacent seas but also how knowledge from these regions contributes to an understanding of how to obtain a sustainable ocean. Our collective experience may be summarized in three points: 1) In the absence of long-term observations, decision-making is subject to high risk arising from natural variability; 2) in the absence of established scientific organizations, advice to stakeholders often relies on a few advisors, making them prone to biased perceptions; and 3) in the absence of trust between policy makers and the science community, attuning to a changing ocean will be subject to arbitrary decision-making with unforeseen and negative ramifications. Underpinning these observations, we show that collaboration across scientific disciplines and stakeholders and between nations is a necessary condition for appropriate actions.

Keywords: seas; climate changes; environmental changes; ecological sustainability; environmental policy; research policy; international cooperation

Free keywords: marine; climate change; biological

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2020

JUFO rating: 3

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