Improving The Evaluation Of Marine Ecosystems Environmental Status

Margit Eero & Henn Ojaveer
Assessments of the environmental status of marine ecosystems are increasingly needed to inform management decisions, regulate human pressures and meet policy objectives. Ecosystem assessments however have a number of methodological challenges including the selection of appropriate indicators and definition of reference conditions corresponding to “good” or “bad” status of the ecosystem. Furthermore, the combination of individual indicators to an overall ecosystem status involves a number of methodological choices.

Currently ecosystem assessments usually focus on...
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