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Changing Views of the Interconnections Between the Oceans and Human Health in Europe

Authors
  • Depledge, M. H.1
  • Harvey, A. J.1, 2
  • Brownlee, C.3
  • Frost, M.3
  • Moore, M. N.1, 2
  • Fleming, L. E.1
  • 1 University of Exeter Medical School, The Knowledge Spa, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 3HD, UK , Cornwall (United Kingdom)
  • 2 Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Prospect Place, The Hoe, Plymouth, PL1 3DH, UK , Plymouth (United Kingdom)
  • 3 The Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, The Laboratory, Citadel Hill, Plymouth, PL1 2PB, UK , Plymouth (United Kingdom)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Microbial Ecology
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Jan 17, 2013
Volume
65
Issue
4
Pages
852–859
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s00248-012-0173-0
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

Early steps in the emergence of the discipline of “Oceans and Human Health” are charted in the USA and discussed in relation to past and present marine environment and human health research activities in Europe. Differences in terminology are considered, as well as differences in circumstances related to the various seas of Europe and the intensity of human coastal activity and impact. Opportunities to progress interdisciplinary research are described, and the value of horizon scanning for the early identification of emerging issues is highlighted. The challenges facing researchers and policymakers addressing oceans and human health issues are outlined and some suggestions offered regarding how further progress in research and training into both the risks and benefits of Oceans and Human Health might be made on both sides of the Atlantic.

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