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Management of the marine environment: Integrating ecosystem services and societal benefits with the DPSIR framework in a systems approach

Atkins, Jonathan P.; Burdon, Daryl; Elliott, Mike; Gregory, Amanda J.


Daryl Burdon

Professor Mike Elliott
Professor of Estuarine and Coastal Sciences/ Research Professor, Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies


Ever increasing and diverse use of the marine environment is leading to human-induced changes in marine life, habitats and landscapes, making necessary the development of marine policy that considers all members of the user community and addresses current, multiple, interacting uses. Taking a systems approach incorporating an understanding of The Ecosystem Approach, we integrate the DPSIR framework with ecosystem services and societal benefits, and the focus this gives allows us to create a specific framework for supporting decision making in the marine environment. Based on a linking of these three concepts, we present a set of basic postulates for the management of the marine environment and emphasise that these postulates should hold for marine management to be achieved. We illustrate these concepts using two case studies: the management of marine aggregates extraction in UK waters and the management of marine biodiversity at Flamborough Head, UK. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Atkins, J. P., Burdon, D., Elliott, M., & Gregory, A. J. (2011). Management of the marine environment: Integrating ecosystem services and societal benefits with the DPSIR framework in a systems approach. Marine pollution bulletin, 62(2), 215-226.

Acceptance Date Feb 1, 2010
Online Publication Date Jan 7, 2011
Publication Date 2011-02
Deposit Date Nov 13, 2014
Publicly Available Date Nov 13, 2014
Journal Marine pollution bulletin
Print ISSN 0025-326X
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 62
Issue 2
Pages 215-226
Keywords Ecosystem approach; DPSIR framework; Ecosystem services and societal benefits; Marine environment
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Additional Information NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Marine pollution bulletin. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Marine pollution bulletin, v.62, issue 2 (2011) DOI10.1016/j.marpolbul.2010.12.012


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