Vulnerability and adaptation of US shellfisheries to ocean acidification

Ekstrom, Julia A., Suatoni, Lisa, Cooley, Sarah R., Pendleton, Linwood H., Waldbusser, George G., Cinner, Josh E., Ritter, Jessica, Langdon, Chris, van Hooidonk, Ruben, Gledhill, Dwight, Wellman, Katharine, Beck, Michael W., Brander, Luke M., Rittschof, Dan, Doherty, Carolyn, Edwards, Peter E.T., and Portela, Rosimeiry (2015) Vulnerability and adaptation of US shellfisheries to ocean acidification. Nature Climate Change, 5 (3). pp. 207-214.

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Abstract

Ocean acidification is a global, long-term problem whose ultimate solution requires carbon dioxide reduction at a scope and scale that will take decades to accomplish successfully. Until that is achieved, feasible and locally relevant adaptation and mitigation measures are needed. To help to prioritize societal responses to ocean acidification, we present a spatially explicit, multi-disciplinary vulnerability analysis of coastal human communities in the United States. We focus our analysis on shelled mollusc harvests, which are likely to be harmed by ocean acidification. Our results highlight US regions most vulnerable to ocean acidification (and why), important knowledge and information gaps, and opportunities to adapt through local actions. The research illustrates the benefits of integrating natural and social sciences to identify actions and other opportunities while policy, stakeholders and scientists are still in relatively early stages of developing research plans and responses to ocean acidification.

Item ID: 41753
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1758-6798
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2015 18:25
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050101 Ecological Impacts of Climate Change @ 50%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0704 Fisheries Sciences > 070403 Fisheries Management @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960305 Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change @ 50%
83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8302 Fisheries - Wild Caught > 830299 Fisheries- Wild Caught not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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