Bringing seascape ecology to the deep seabed: A review and framework for its application

Swanborn, Denise J.B.; Huvenne, Veerle ORCID:; Pittman, Simon J.; Woodall, Lucy C.. 2021 Bringing seascape ecology to the deep seabed: A review and framework for its application. Limnology and Oceanography.

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Seascape ecology is an emerging pattern-oriented and integrative science conceptually linked to landscape ecology. It aims to quantify multidimensional spatial structure in the sea and reveal its ecological consequences. The seascape ecology approach has made important advances in shallow coastal environments, and increasing exploration and mapping of the deep seabed provides opportunities for application in the deep ocean. We argue that seascape ecology, with its integrative and multiscale perspective, can generate new scientific insights at spatial and temporal scales relevant to ecosystem-based management. Seascape ecology provides a conceptual and operational framework that integrates and builds on existing benthic ecology and habitat mapping research by providing additional pattern-oriented concepts, tools and techniques to (1) quantify complex ecological patterns across multiple scales; (2) link spatial patterns to biodiversity and ecological processes; and (3) provide ecologically meaningful information that is operationally relevant to spatial management. This review introduces seascape ecology and provides a framework for its application to deep-seabed environments. Research areas are highlighted where seascape ecology can advance the ecological understanding of deep benthic environments.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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Programmes: NOC Programmes > Ocean BioGeosciences
ISSN: 0024-3590
Date made live: 06 Jan 2022 17:23 +0 (UTC)

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