Support for improved quality control but misplaced criticism of GBR science reply to viewpoint “The need for a formalised system of Quality Control for environmental policy-science” by P. Larcombe and P. Ridd (Marine Pollution Bulletin 126:449–461, 2018)

Britta Schaffelke, Katharina Fabricius, Frederieke Kroon, Jon Brodie, Glenn De'ath, Roger Shaw, Diane Tarte, Michael Warne, Peter Thorburn

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    Abstract

    This is a response to the published Viewpoint by Larcombe and Ridd (2018). We agree with Larcombe and Ridd (2018) that scientific merit goes hand in hand with rigorous quality control. However, we are responding here to several points raised by Larcombe and Ridd (2018) which in our view were misrepresented. We describe the formal and effective science review, synthesis and advice processes that are in place for science supporting decision-making in the Great Barrier Reef. We also respond in detail to critiques of selected publications that were used by Larcombe and Ridd (2018) as a case study to illustrate shortcomings in science quality control. We provide evidence that their representation of the published research and arguments to support the statement that “many (…) conclusions are demonstrably incorrect” is based on misinterpretation, selective use of data and over-simplification, and also ignores formal responses to previously published critiques.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)357-363
    Number of pages7
    JournalMarine Pollution Bulletin
    Volume129
    Issue number1
    Early online date23 Mar 2018
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018

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    Keywords

    • Great Barrier Reef
    • Policy
    • Quality control
    • Water quality

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Oceanography
    • Aquatic Science
    • Pollution

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