Ecosystem science: toward a new paradigm for managing Australia's inland aquatic ecosystems

Gene Likens, Keith Walker, Peter Davies, Justin Brookes, Jonathan Olley, William Young, Martin Thoms, P. Lake, Ben Gawne, Jenny DAVIS, Angela Arthington, Ross Thompson, Rod Oliver

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Abstract

Freshwater ecosystems are a foundation of our social, cultural, spiritual and economicwell being.The degraded condition of many of Australia’s river ecosystems is testament to our failure to manage these resources wisely. Ecosystem science involves the holistic study of complex biophysical systems to understand the drivers that influence ecological pattern and process. Ecosystem science should underpin both water management and policy. Our understanding of aquatic ecosystems lags behind the increasing problems caused by past land andwater management. Current post-graduate training programmes will not provide the aquatic ecosystem scientists needed by government and management agencies to prevent further degradation.We advocate newinitiatives to capture the skills, knowledge and innovation of our research community by engaging scientists and managers in large-scale, long-term ecosystem science programmes across Australia and to integrate these programmes with community aspirations, policy, planning and management. We call on management agencies to increase their support for and uptake and use of ecosystem science.We also advocate establishment of national archives for long-term ecologically-relevant data and samples, and clear custodial arrangements to protect, update and facilitate knowledge-transfer. These initiatives need to be supported by more extensive, better-funded post-graduate and post-doctoral programmes in ecosystem science and management.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-279
Number of pages9
JournalMarine and Freshwater Research
Volume60
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Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Likens, G., Walker, K., Davies, P., Brookes, J., Olley, J., Young, W., ... Oliver, R. (2009). Ecosystem science: toward a new paradigm for managing Australia's inland aquatic ecosystems. Marine and Freshwater Research, 60, 271-279. https://doi.org/10.1071/MF08188
Likens, Gene ; Walker, Keith ; Davies, Peter ; Brookes, Justin ; Olley, Jonathan ; Young, William ; Thoms, Martin ; Lake, P. ; Gawne, Ben ; DAVIS, Jenny ; Arthington, Angela ; Thompson, Ross ; Oliver, Rod. / Ecosystem science: toward a new paradigm for managing Australia's inland aquatic ecosystems. In: Marine and Freshwater Research. 2009 ; Vol. 60. pp. 271-279.
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