The comparative "systems" approach to HAB research


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dc.contributor.author Anderson, Donald M.
dc.contributor.author Pitcher, Grant C.
dc.contributor.author Estrada, Marta
dc.date.accessioned 2009-04-21T14:03:29Z
dc.date.available 2009-04-21T14:03:29Z
dc.date.issued 2005-06
dc.identifier.citation Oceanography 18, 2 (2005): 148-157 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1912/2792
dc.description Author Posting. © Oceanography Society, 2005. This article is posted here by permission of Oceanography Society for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Oceanography 18, 2 (2005): 148-157. en
dc.description.abstract Experimental and comparative methods have been referred to as “the two great methods of science” (Mayr, 1982). To reach valid scientific conclusions, the processes of interest should be studied through repeated investigations, preferably over a range of differing conditions. The most direct way to accomplish this is the experimental method, wherein controls are imposed that allow the scientist to systematically vary conditions of interest while holding other factors constant. Marine ecosystems, however, are not amenable to experimental control. One way to address this shortcoming is through the comparative method (Mayr, 1982), which allows the processes of interest to be examined on repeated occasions using naturally occurring temporal and spatial variations in existing conditions and phenomena. In this case, the range of natural variability in conditions and mechanisms substitute for controlled experimental treatments. en
dc.description.sponsorship Funding for these activities was provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the European Commission DG Research-Environment Directorate. GEOHAB is an initiative of SCOR (Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research) and IOC (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO). D. Anderson was funded by NOAA’s ECOHAB (Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms) program, the MERHAB (Monitoring and Event Response for Harmful Algal Blooms) program, and NSF. en
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dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Oceanography Society en
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2005.50
dc.title The comparative "systems" approach to HAB research en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.5670/oceanog.2005.50

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