The global pandemic has shown we need an action plan for the ocean
The COVID-19 pandemic is the first serious test of how science can inform decision-making in the face of an immediate global threat, yielding important lessons on how science, society and policy interact. The global societal and economic impact of COVID-19 has shown that we need to assess, plan and prepare for potential future changes. These insights are particularly important for the ocean science community because of the global connectivity of the ocean and its crucial role in the Earth's climate system and in supporting all life on Earth. With climate change already impacting society and ecosystems, implementing mitigation measures to avoid and reduce emissions of greenhouses gases is an immediate priority (IPCC, 2021). Irreversible changes are already underway in the oceans and their impacts over the coming decades will continue to affect human communities, requiring societal responses and adaptation across multiple scales (IPCC, 2019, 2021).
Authors: Murphy, Eugene J. ORCID record for Eugene J. Murphy, Robinson, Carol, Hobday, Alistair J., Newton, Alice, Glaser, Marion, Evans, Karen, Dickey-Collas, Mark, Brodie, Stephanie, Gehlen, Marion