Spatially Explicit Risk Assessment

Successful marine planning requires a comprehensive framework for managing multiple uses of the environment (e.g., shipping, military training, and fishing). This planning must be based on ecological principles to sustain ecosystem integrity. For example, one outcome of decision making should be healthy populations of top predators and prey species that affect food webs and community structure and function. Spatially explicit risk assessments are a basic requirement of this planning because they link the distribution of these key species to the potential effects and distribution of anthropogenic activities. Our spatially explicit risk assessments include both individual and cumulative impacts. Follow the links below for additional information on these topics: