Use of Long Term Ecological Time Series to Monitor the Health of the Ocean

Martin Edwards (SAHFOS), Steve Hawkins (Southampton), Stephanie Henson (NOC), Priscilla Licandro (SAHFOS), Abigail McQuatters-Gollop (Plymouth), Willie Wilson (SAHFOS) 

There are many long term and large scale ecological time series that focus on different aspects of ocean health. They encompass shoreline, estuarine, coastal, open-ocean, atmospheric, pelagic, benthic, fixed point and large spatial scale surveys that have allowed us to determine the impact of environmental change on the ocean over many decades. The longest running and most geographically extensive marine ecological survey in the world is the SAHFOS Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) Survey, which marks its 85th anniversary in 2016. This session will celebrate SAHFOS’s achievement by inviting contributions from the wide range of long term ecological time series. Although the focus of the session will look at the impact of climate change on biological systems; we also welcome contributions from novel applications of CPR data; use of the SAHFOS silk repository to re-analyse historical samples (examples include but not limited to microplastics analysis and molecular analyses); use of long term time series data to inform marine policy; and development of models and ecological theories using these valuable data sets.