Global Ocean Observing System to Determine the Health of the Oceanby Gunnar Kullenberg, Intergovernmental Oceanographic, Commission of UNESCO, Paris, France,
Neil Andersen, Intergovernmental Oceanographic, Commission of UNESCO, Paris, France,
Muriel Cole, Intergovernmental Oceanographic, Commission of UNESCO, Paris, France,
Abstract: Many of today's environmental problems stem from insufficient attention to the need for environmental protection in the course of large scale development. Often this inattention has been and still is caused by a fundamental lack of knowledge of the effects of human activities on our natural resources. We do not yet have sufficient understanding nor an adequate data base to accurately predict the future state of the environment, to effectively assimilate and analyze the increasing amounts of data on the global ecosystem, and to wisely decide the appropriate balance between economic development and environmental stability. The marine environment is a pronounced example of this lack of knowledge. We do not have an information base to decide the level of economic development that the marine environment and its resources can sustain.
Subject Headings: Seas and oceans | Natural resources | Databases | Ecosystems | Economic factors | Water resources
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