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New approaches to measure and assess biodiversity

Connecting the dots! In the lead-up to the Annual Science Conference, discover the theme sessions and how they relate to ICES ongoing work. Here, theme session D on new approaches to measure and assess biodiversity.
Published: 3 September 2015

​​​​​Theme session D

New a​pproaches to measure and assess biodiversity​

21 September 15:00–18:30 and 22 September 10:00–11:30

Which features of biodiversity can be related to ecosystem health, function, resistance, or resilience? The call for ecosystem based management and its implementation in marine policies has instigated new research on biodiversity and its importance for marine conservation. Theme session D will address new and applied methods to measure biodiversity,  as well aspects of biodiversity that contribute to ecosystem health, and linking biodiversity to the 'ecosystem goods and services' approach​​​.

How does this relate to the ongoing work of ICES? Theme session D has close links to the following ICES groups:​

Links to steering groups

Steering Group on Ecosystem Pressures and Impacts (SSGEPI)
Steering Group on Integrated Ecosystem Assessments (SSGIEA)
Steering Group on Integrated Ecosystem Observation and Monitoring (SSGIEOM)

Links to ICES expert groups

Working Group on Biodiversity Science (WGBIODIV)
Working Group on the Ecosystem Effects of Fishing Activities (WGECO)
Working Group on Integrated Assessments of the North Sea (WGINOSE)
ICES/HELCOM Working Group on Integrated Assessments of the Baltic Sea (WGIAB)

Links to strategic initiatives

ACOM/SCICOM Strategic Initiative on Biodiversity Science and advice (SIBAS)

Links to other theme sessions at ICES ASC 2015

Theme session J - CIA on the loose
Theme session M - Social, economic and ecological impact assessment across marine sectors?
Theme session N - Seafloor habitat mapping: from observation to management
Theme session P - How to hit an uncertain, moving target: achieving Good Environmental Status under the Marine Strategy Framework directive
Theme session Q - From genes to ecosystems: spatial heterogeneity and temporal dynamics of the Baltic Sea

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