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Some indications of the socio-economic benefits of improved marine-monitoring instrumentation

Pugh, David. 2006 Some indications of the socio-economic benefits of improved marine-monitoring instrumentation. Proceedings of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology Part C: Journal of Marine Science and Environment (C4). 13-22.

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Abstract/Summary

This analysis is based on work for the Biofouling Resistant Infrastructure for Measuring, Observing and Monitoring (BRIMOM) Project of the European Commission. BRIMOM has been concerned with the improvement of marine monitoring by enhancing the biofouling resistance of marine sensors. Improved instrument resistance to marine biofouling can reduce the costs of marine monitoring programmes; on the basis of certain assumptions, reductions to existing costs in the range of 20-40% are projected. The biggest savings are for open sea monitoring programmes where expensive ship time is required for deployments. Potential saving may be used to extend existing programmes, or even translated into needed improvements in overall monitoring accuracy. Socio-economic demands for improved marine monitoring have been expressed in a range of global and regional intergovernmental agreements. Improved instrument capabilities will address these requirements. However, it is difficult to anticipate the size of future markets for improved instruments. Direct public involvement in markets is secondary; markets are more likely to be created through legislation and regulations, that in turn are indirectly a response to public pressure. Some limited survey estimates of public willingness to pay for a better marine water quality suggest that these are compatible with the costs of more extensive monitoring.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Programmes: POL Programmes > Other
ISSN: 1476-1556
NORA Subject Terms: Marine Sciences
Date made live: 16 Dec 2008 12:20
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/2068

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