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ESR 30:1-9 (2016)  -  DOI:

Geospatial approaches to support pelagic conservation planning and adaptive management

L. M. Wedding1,*, S. M. Maxwell2,3, D. Hyrenbach4, D. C. Dunn5, J. J. Roberts5, D. Briscoe3, E. Hines6, P. N. Halpin5

1Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
2Department of Biological Sciences, Old Dominion University, 110 Mills Godwin Life Sciences Bldg, Norfolk, VA 23529, USA
3Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University, Pacific Grove, CA 93950, USA
4Marine Science Program, Hawai’i Pacific University, Hawai’i Pacific University, 41–202 Kalaniana’ole Hwy., Waimanalo, HI 96795, USA
5Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, A324 LSRC, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708, USA
6Department of Geography and the Environment, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132, USA
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ABSTRACT: Place-based management in the open ocean faces unique challenges in delineating boundaries around temporally and spatially dynamic systems that span broad geographic scales and multiple management jurisdictions, especially in the ‘high seas’. Geospatial technologies are critical for the successful design of pelagic conservation areas, because they provide information on the spatially and temporally dynamic oceanographic features responsible for driving species distribution and abundance in the open ocean, the movements of protected species, and the spatial patterns of distribution of potential threats. Nevertheless, there are major challenges to implementing these geospatial approaches in the open ocean. This Theme Section seeks to bridge the gap between geospatial science and marine conservation by discussing the use of innovative approaches to support effective marine conservation planning strategies for pelagic ecosystems. We highlight the results of this collection of contributions in 3 main sections: (1) conceptual advances in pelagic conservation; (2) novel information technologies and methodologies; and (3) case studies in the California Current and Pacific Ocean.

KEY WORDS: High seas · Pelagic conservation · Marine protected areas · Spatial methods · Dynamic management

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Cite this article as: Wedding LM, Maxwell SM, Hyrenbach D, Dunn DC and others (2016) Geospatial approaches to support pelagic conservation planning and adaptive management. Endang Species Res 30:1-9.

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