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Technology and Data Information Systems
- Marine biodiversity

Support of conservation and sustainable exploitation of biodiversity will require development of rapid assessment techniques for monitoring marine biodiversity (genes, species and biotopes), including the use of molecular techniques, rapid identification techniques, assessment of difficult species (microbes, sibling species, multispecies complexes), pictural taxonomic and identification keys accessible on the World Wide Web and CD-ROM, remote sensing techniques (Satellite Imagery, Side Scan Sonar, multibeam, LIDAR, etc.). It must also provide for the development of data bases and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for genes, species and habitats.

Further Reading

  • Marine Conservation Biology Institute, Elliott A. Norse and Larry B. Crowder (Editors), 2005. Marine Conservation Biology: The Science of Maintaining the Sea's Biodiversity, Island Press, 470 pp. 
  • Ormond, Rupert F. G., John D. Gage, and Martin Vivian Angel (Editors), 1997. Marine Biodiversity: Patterns and Processes, Cambridge University Press, New York, 449 pp.
  • Thorne-Miller, Joyce and John G. Catena, 1993. Living Ocean: Understanding and Protecting Marine Biodiversity, Island Press.

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