Ecological engineering in the coastal seascape

Waltham, Nathan J., and Dafforn, Katherine A. (2018) Ecological engineering in the coastal seascape. Ecological Engineering, 120. pp. 554-559.

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Abstract

This editorial describes a 12-paper special issue that began with a symposium at EcoSummit 2016 in Montpellier France in August/September 2016 with a focus on ecological engineering and spatial planning in coastal seascapes. The papers in this issue review ideas around experimental design for testing and application of eco-engineering to reduce the impacts of coastal infrastructure and improve ecological outcomes. Similarly, the need for early integration of ecological principles into engineering designs (eco-design) is highlighted as a key factor in the success of impact mitigation (2 papers). Ideas are presented on spatial planning for coastal infrastructure to mitigate and offset impacts at regional scales (3 papers). At more local scales, empirical evidence is presented to support the manipulation of physical complexity on coastal infrastructure through the addition of artificial rock pools and turf mimics, as well as complex crevice and ledge habitat (3 papers). Chemical manipulations of substrate (concrete) are also explored (3 papers) with the aim of increasing the sustainability of structures and improving specific ecological outcomes. While increasing human pressure has pushed our oceans out of balance, this special issue provides practical solutions, supported by case studies and empirical data to begin helping the “feng shui” of our coastal seascape.

Item ID: 55769
Item Type: Article (Editorial)
ISSN: 1872-6992
Keywords: eco-engineering; reconciliation ecology; restoration ecology; biodiversity offsets; marine spatial planning (MSP); microhabitats; rock pools; concrete mixtures
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2018 Published by Elsevier B.V.
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC), TropWATER, James Cook University (JCU)
Projects and Grants: ARC Linkage Grant (LP140100753)
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2018 01:24
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050104 Landscape Ecology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960802 Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 50%
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