Five years of global Ocean Health Index scores

Today the Ocean Health Index (OHI) announces the completion of the fifth annual global Ocean Health Index (OHI) assessment at the 17th annual Global Environment Facility Large Marine Ecosystem meeting in Paris. Global OHI scores represent ocean health for 220 coastal nations and territories and are calculated with the same methods and best available information each year. The OHI, established in 2012, is a partnership led by scientists from the National Center for Ecological Synthesis and Analysis (NCEAS) at the University of California at Santa Barbara and Conservation International.

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Resources for R and Data Science

Conducting an Ocean Health Index assessment requires collaborative coding in R, and we are often asked for the best way to learn R as well as other data science concepts and tools. There are many great resources available but here are some of the free, online resources we have found helpful as we’ve been learning:

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Colombia's Ocean Indicator Framework

Colombia was one of the first countries to begin an OHI+ assessment: they have been working for 2.5 years. Their work has already yielded positive policy and management changes.

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OHI+ Workshop in Indonesia

Welcome Indonesia, the largest island nation in the world, to our OHI+ community!

Conservation International - Indonesia has just hosted the first OHI workshop in Jakarta, attended by 60 stakeholders from government, academia, NGOs, and the private sector, and faciliated by our senior OHI manager, Erich Pacheco, and project scientist, Ning J. Mendes.

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How to utilize other OHI+ projects for guidance

As the Ocean Health Index is an open-science tool used by inspired scientists and researchers all over the world, we can all benefit from the collective wisdom of an amazing OHI+ community. ohi-science.org aims to facilitate sharing between OHI+ experiences. Here are a few tips on how to learn from and connect with other OHI+ groups:

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