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Chapter 26. The Practicalities of the Ecosystem Approach in the Barents Sea: The ECOBAR Project

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This chapter presents the results of the fourth ECOBAR objective: 'Assess the applicability of the chosen indicators today and in the future based on climate change and economic development scenarios'. Rather than viewing scenarios as hard-fact predictions of the future, they should be viewed as contributions or tools that could be used in understanding the practicalities of ecosystem-approach in the Barents Sea. Arctic minimum sea ice extent follows declining trend and Barents Sea temperature follows long-term continuing warming trend including ocean acidification. The ECOBAR approach analyses the effectiveness, via an expert group and peer reviewed approach, of suite of indicators to detect changes in drivers that impact benthic ecosystems and to identify possible outcomes of changes. The foray by the ECOBAR project establishes a template and process by which scientifically robust indicators can be examined in context of political and economic drivers that effect industrial development in the Sea.

Keywords: Arctic minimum sea ice; Barents Sea; ECOBAR Project; ecosystem approach



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