Integrating climate and ocean change vulnerability into conservation planning

Mcleod, Elizabeth, Green, Alison, Game, Edward, Anthony, Kenneth, Cinner, Joshua, Heron, Scott F., Kleypas, Joanie, Lovelock, Catherine E., Pandolfi, John M., Pressey, Robert L., Salm, Rodney, Schill, Steve, and Woodroffe, Colin (2012) Integrating climate and ocean change vulnerability into conservation planning. Coastal Management, 40 (6). pp. 651-672.

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Abstract

Tropical coastal and marine ecosystems are particularly vulnerable to ocean warming, ocean acidification, and sea-level rise. Yet these projected climate and ocean change impacts are rarely considered in conservation planning due to the lack of guidance on how existing climate and ocean change models, tools, and data can be applied. Here, we address this gap by describing how conservation planning can use available tools and data for assessing the vulnerability of tropical marine ecosystems to key climate threats. Additionally, we identify limitations of existing tools and provide recommendations for future research to improve integration of climate and ocean change information and conservation planning. Such information is critical for developing a conservation response that adequately protects these ecosystems and dependent coastal communities in the face of climate and ocean change.

Item ID: 25197
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1521-0421
Keywords: climate change, conservation planning, increasing sea-surface temperature, marine conservation, marine protected area (MPA), ocean acidification, sea-level rise
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2013 00:42
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050101 Ecological Impacts of Climate Change @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960399 Climate and Climate Change not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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