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Study seeks to ID ocean ecosystem tipping points

A Pacific kelp forest. Photo courtesy NOAA.

UC Santa Barbara researchers to try and establish early warning systems

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — Marine researchers with UC Santa Barbara say they want to keep better tabs on potential ecosystem tipping points. By using case studies, they hope to develop a set of early warning indicators and management tools that may help to predict, and even prevent, threatened systems from falling off the precipice.

“We know that thresholds in marine ecosystems can lead to rapid changes in their ability to support activities and services that people value, but we seldom have information about how human actions are affecting these things, and how close we might be to those tipping points,” said Carrie Kappel, associate project scientist and lead principal investigator on the study. Continue reading

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