The future of the oceans past: Towards a global marine historical research initiative

Kathleen Schwerdtner Mánez, Poul Holm, Louise Blight, Marta Coll, Alison MacDiarmid, Henn Ojaveer, Bo Poulsen, Malcolm Tull

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Historical research is playing an increasingly important role in marine sciences. Historical data are also used in policy making and marine resource management, and have helped to address the issue of shifting baselines for numerous species and ecosystems. Although many important research questions still remain unanswered, tremendous developments in conceptual and methodological approaches are expected to contribute to a comprehensive understanding of the global history of human interactions with life in the seas. Based on our experiences and knowledge from the ‘‘History of Marine Animal Populations’’ project, this paper identifies the emerging research topics for future historical marine research. It elaborates on concepts and tools which are expected to play a major role in answering these questions, and identifies geographical regions which deserve future attention from marine environmental historians and historical ecologists
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere101466
JournalP L o S One
Issue number7
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2014


  • marine environmental history
  • historical marine ecology
  • History of Marine Animal Populations
  • Oceans Past Initiative
  • Oceans Past Platform
  • marin miljøhistorie
  • historisk marin økologi

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