Fundamental questions and applications of sclerochronology: Community-defined research priorities

Type Article
Date 2020-10
Language English
Author(s) Trofimova Tamara1, Alexandroff Stella J.2, 3, Mette Madelyn1, Tray Elizabeth4, Butler Paul G.3, Campana Steven5, Harper Elizabeth6, Johnson Andrew L.A.7, Morrongiello John R.8, Peharda Melita9, Schöne Bernd R.10, Andersson Carin1, Andrus C. Fred T.11, Black Bryan A.12, Burchell Meghan13, Carroll Michael L.14, Delong Kristine L.15, Gillanders Bronwyn M.16, Grønkjær Peter17, Killam Daniel18, Prendergast Amy L.19, Reynolds David J.12, Scourse James D.3, Shirai Kotaro20, Thébault Julien21, Trueman Clive22, de Winter Niels23, 24
Affiliation(s) 1 : NORCE Norwegian Research Centre, Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, Bergen, Norway
2 : School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University, Wales, UK
3 : College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, UK
4 : Marine and Freshwater Research Centre, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland
5 : Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
6 : University of Cambridge, UK
7 : School of Environmental Sciences, University of Derby, UK
8 : School of BioSciences, University of Melbourne, Australia
9 : Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Split, Croatia
10 : Institute of Geosciences, University of Mainz, Mainz, Germany
11 : University of Alabama, USA
12 : Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, University of Arizona, USA
13 : Memorial University, Canada
14 : Akvaplan-niva, Tromsø, Norway
15 : Department of Geography and Anthropology and the Coastal Studies Institute, Louisiana State University, USA
16 : School of Biological Sciences, University of Adelaide, Australia
17 : Department of Biology, Aarhus University, Denmark
18 : Biosphere 2, University of Arizona, USA
19 : School of Geography, University of Melbourne, Australia
20 : Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo, Japan
21 : Univ Brest, CNRS, IRD, Ifremer, LEMAR, F-29280, Plouzane, France
22 : Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton, UK
23 : Department of Earth Sciences, Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands
24 : AMGC Research Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
Source Estuarine Coastal And Shelf Science (0272-7714) (Elsevier BV), 2020-10 , Vol. 245 , P. 106977 (18p.)
DOI 10.1016/j.ecss.2020.106977
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Horizon scanning is an increasingly common strategy to identify key research needs and frame future agendas in science. Here, we present the results of the first such exercise for the field of sclerochronology, thereby providing an overview of persistent and emergent research questions that should be addressed by future studies. Through online correspondence following the 5th International Sclerochronology Conference in 2019, participants submitted and rated questions that addressed either knowledge gaps or promising applications of sclerochronology. An initial list of 130 questions was compiled based on contributions of conference attendees and reviewed by expert panels formed during the conference. Herein, we present and discuss the 50 questions rated to be of the highest priority, determined through an online survey distributed to sclerochronology community members post the conference. The final list: (1) includes important questions related to mechanisms of biological control over biomineralization; (2) highlights state of the art applications of sclerochronological methods and data for solving long-standing questions in other fields such as climate science and ecology: and (3) emphasizes the need for common standards for data management and analysis. Although research priorities are continually reassessed, our list provides a roadmap that can be used to motivate research efforts and advance sclerochronology toward new, and more powerful, applications.

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Trofimova Tamara, Alexandroff Stella J., Mette Madelyn, Tray Elizabeth, Butler Paul G., Campana Steven, Harper Elizabeth, Johnson Andrew L.A., Morrongiello John R., Peharda Melita, Schöne Bernd R., Andersson Carin, Andrus C. Fred T., Black Bryan A., Burchell Meghan, Carroll Michael L., Delong Kristine L., Gillanders Bronwyn M., Grønkjær Peter, Killam Daniel, Prendergast Amy L., Reynolds David J., Scourse James D., Shirai Kotaro, Thébault Julien, Trueman Clive, de Winter Niels (2020). Fundamental questions and applications of sclerochronology: Community-defined research priorities. Estuarine Coastal And Shelf Science, 245, 106977 (18p.). Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :