A guide to modelling priorities for managing land-based impacts on coastal ecosystems

Brown, Christopher J., Jupiter, Stacy D., Albert, Simon, Anthony, Kenneth R.N., Hamilton, Richard J., Fredston-Hermann, Alexa, Halpern, Benjamin S., Lin, Hsien-Yung, Maina, Joseph, Mangubhai, Sangeeta, Mumby, Peter J., Possingham, Hugh P., Saunders, Megan I., Tulloch, Vivitskaia J.D., Wenger, Amelia, and Klein, Carissa J. (2019) A guide to modelling priorities for managing land-based impacts on coastal ecosystems. Journal of Applied Ecology, 56 (5). pp. 1106-1116.

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1. Pollution from land‐based run‐off threatens coastal ecosystems and the services they provide, detrimentally affecting the livelihoods of millions people on the world's coasts. Planning for linkages among terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems can help managers mitigate the impacts of land‐use change on water quality and coastal ecosystem services.

2. We examine the approaches used for land‐sea planning, with particular focus on the models currently used to estimate the impacts of land‐use change on water quality and fisheries. Our findings could also be applied to other ecosystem services. This Review encompasses modelling of: large scale drivers of land‐use change; local activities that cause such change; run‐off, dispersal and transformation of pollutants in the coastal ocean; ecological responses to pollutants; socio‐economic responses to ecological change; and finally, the design of a planning response.

3. We find that there is a disconnect between the dynamical models that can be used to link land to sea processes and the simple tools that are typically used to inform planning. This disconnect may weaken the robustness of plans to manage dynamic processes. Land‐sea planning is highly interdisciplinary, making the development of effective plans a challenge for small teams of managers and decision makers.

4. Synthesis and applications. We propose some guiding principles for where and how dynamic land‐sea connections can most effectively be built into planning tools. Tools that can capture pertinent processes are needed, but they must be simple enough to be implemented in regions with limited resources for collecting data, developing models and developing integrated land‐sea plans.

Item ID: 60017
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1365-2664
Keywords: coastal ecosystems, conservation planning, fisheries, integrated coastal management, integrated coastal zone management, land-sea connections, ridge-to-reef planning, run-off
Copyright Information: © 2018 The Authors. Journal of Applied Ecology. © 2018 British Ecological Society.
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This article is available Open Access via the publisher's website.

Funders: Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA), Science for Nature and People Partnership
Projects and Grants: DECRA DE160101207
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2019 07:43
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410404 Environmental management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments @ 100%
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