Integrating Climate and Ocean Change Vulnerability into Conservation Planning
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.
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increasing sea-surface temperature;
marine protected area (MPA);
Document Type: Research Article
The Nature Conservancy, Austin,Texas, USA
The Nature Conservancy, West End,QLD, Australia
The Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville,QLD, Australia
Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,James Cook University, Townsville,QLD, Australia
NOAA Coral Reef Watch, Townsville,QLD, Australia
National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder,Colorado, USA
School of Biological Sciences,The University of Queensland, Brisbane,QLD, Australia
Australian Research Council of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, School of Biological Sciences,The University of Queensland, Brisbane,QLD, Australia
The Nature Conservancy, Honolulu,Hawaii, USA
The Nature Conservancy, Coral Gables,Florida, USA
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences,University of Wollongong, Wollongong,NSW, Australia
Publication date: 2012-11-01
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