EBLab is an interdisciplinary initiative in quantitative marine ecology and environmental studies
After more than a century of legislation and study, the ability to quantify and predict how human activities "impact" the environment remains firmly qualitative. We rely on judgements like "good" or "poor" to describe the effects of activities on complex, dynamic and interconnected systems. These practices are inadequate tools faced with the demands and expectations of private and public interests today for managing the quality of our environment.
Current technology provides the means to collect data from hundreds of different parameters simultaneously for entire forests and oceans, however, we still do not possess the conceptual foundations which permit us to synthesise and interpret the patterns observed. To be able to decide what may be affected and under what circumstances, we need to revise our concept of impact, as well as how impacts are identified and monitored.
This disconnect between societal demands, technology and theory is what EBLab was founded to address.
We aim to create a quantitative framework to analyse trends in the marine biosphere. To achieve this goal we strive to create an open, interdisciplinary environment where educators, private sector groups, and scientists can interact and exchange to produce new approaches for understanding how marine systems respond to diverse and widely varying uses and management practices.