Embedding the science of tipping points in ocean management

Ocean Tipping Points Project Overview

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In this four year project, we are studying ocean tipping points in order to develop practical tools to help managers predict, avoid or recover from abrupt ecosystem shifts. 

Case Study: Tipping Points in Haida Gwaii Herring

The people of Haida Gwaii depend upon healthy nearshore ecosystems for food, clean water, commerce and culture. Rapid or dramatic changes to the nearshore environment can disrupt these benefits, sometimes irreversibly. 

Case Study: Tipping Points in Hawaiian Coral Reefs

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Resource managers in Hawaii need to know when, where, and why tipping points may be crossed to help protect and restore these valuable ecosystems and the benefits they provide.