Terms of Reference

1. Assess the current status of emerging research by reviewing the literature to assess the dominant research focus, their relative coverage, and identify any major gaps and/or limitations. Publish this review in an open-access peer-reviewed journal.

3. Co-ordinate thematic transdisciplinary sessions to attract and assemble experts from other fields such as paleoceanography and marine ecotoxicology to learn from the successful approaches their fields have developed to address multiple drivers.

5. Mentor early career scientists in the design process for complex multiple driver manipulation experiments, familiarize them with BPG, and teach them practical methodologies for the analysis of their experimental findings.

7. Publish a series of short articles in both the scientific media and with scientific journalists to disseminate the challenges and opportunities surrounding multiple drivers and ecosystems. 

2. Raise awareness across different scientific communities(evolutionary experimental biologists, ecologists, physiologists, chemists, modellers) to initiate better alignment and integration of research efforts.

4. Develop a multi-driver Best-Practice Guide (BPG, or other tools) as one potentially valuable way to help this research field move forward in a cohesive manner.                                                                

6. Build an interactive website on ‘multiple drivers and marine biota’ to ensure the long - term future and inter-connectedness of this international research community, and to provide educational information at a variety of levels.

8.  Engage with policy-makers and science communication experts to produce a glossary of terms and an implementation guide for policy-makers to better understand the role of multiple drivers in altering marine living resources and ecosystem services.