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To understand why spatial patterns matter, seascape ecology works with maps such as this seafloor terrain showing the surface complexity of coral reef ecosystems at multiple spatial scales. Image: Simon J. Pittman

Pittman SJ, Yates KL, Bouchet PJ, Alvarez-Berastegui D, Andréfouët S, Bell SS, Berkström C, Boström C, Brown CJ, Connolly RM, Devillers R, Eggleston D, Gilby BL, Gullström M, Halpern BS, Hidalgo M, Holstein D, Hovel K, Huettmann F, Jackson EL, James WR, Kellner JB, Kot CY, Lecours V, Lepczyk C, Nagelkerken I, Nelson J, Olds AD, Santos RO, Scales KL, Schneider DC, Schilling HT, Simenstad C, Suthers IM, Treml EA, Wedding LM, Yates P, Young M


Seascape ecology: identifying research priorities for an emerging ocean sustainability science


Seascape ecology seeks to understand the causes and consequences of spatial complexity through the application of pattern-oriented concepts, tools, and techniques. The integrative multi-scale framework of seascape ecology has great potential to form the basis for a sustainability science for the ocean. To determine where seascape ecology will have greatest impact as a solution-focused science we identify and prioritise future research questions using the expert opinion of academic scientists and practitioners of marine conservation and management. We present the most important research questions within each of nine research themes and provide a synthesis of the research challenges for each theme as a roadmap for the future application of seascape ecology.


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