Are we ready for ocean acidification? A framework for assessing and advancing policy readiness

Albright, Rebecca, Hansson, Lina, Cooley, Sarah, Gattuso, Jean-Pierre, Marshall, Paul, Marshall, Nadine, Fletcher, Stephen, Haraldsson, Gunnar, and Hoegh-Guldberg, Ove (2023) Are we ready for ocean acidification? A framework for assessing and advancing policy readiness. Environmental Research Letters, 18. 041001.

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Abstract

Effective climate policy that addresses carbon dioxide emissions is essential to minimizing and addressing the impacts of ocean acidification (OA). Here we present a framework to assess the readiness of OA policy, using coral reefs as a focal system. Six dimensions encompass comprehensive preparation by ecosystems and societies for the impacts of OA and other anthropogenic hazards: (1) climate protection measures, (2) OA literacy, (3) area-based management, (4) research and development, (5) adaptive capacity of dependent sectors, and (6) policy coherence. We define standardized indicators, identify leading countries, and evaluate the case study of Australia, the country with the largest coral reef system. The framework provides a rubric for a government unit to self- assess strengths and weaknesses in policy preparedness and to prioritize future endeavors.

Item ID: 79438
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1748-9326
Keywords: coral reefs, ocean acidification, ocean policy
Copyright Information: © 2023 The Author(s). Published by IOP Publishing Ltd.
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2023 06:07
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3199 Other biological sciences > 319902 Global change biology @ 20%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4101 Climate change impacts and adaptation > 410102 Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation @ 80%
SEO Codes: 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1805 Marine systems and management > 180599 Marine systems and management not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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