15 Aug '11, 6pm

An Index for Ocean Health

Reuters The beluga whale is threatened by mercury and PCBs in the Arctic Sea. What is billed as the “Dow Jones of ocean health” is six months from release, and Ben Halpern is feeling the pressure. “We’re frantically wrapping up analyses,” Dr. Halpern, a research biologist at the University of California at Santa Barbara, said in a telephone interview. Just as traders use various stock indices to monitor the global economy, microanalyzing each blip, a team of nearly 50 scientists from many disciplines is designing an analogous tool to track the health of the world’s oceans and the implications for human well-being. (Dr. Halpern is part of a core team of 15 scientists who work on the index daily.) The Ocean Health Index, a collaborative project of the group Conservation International, the National Geographic Society and the New England Aquarium, measures, country by country,...

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