Cumulative effects of planned industrial development and climate change on marine ecosystems

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dc.contributor.author Murray, Cathryn Clarke
dc.contributor.author Agbayani, Selina
dc.contributor.author Ban, Natalie C.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-22T16:17:20Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-22T16:17:20Z
dc.date.copyright 2015 en_US
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.citation Murray, C.C., Agbayani, S. & Ban, N.C. (2015). Cumulative effects of planned industrial development and climate change on marine ecosystems. Global Ecology and Conservation, 4, 110-116. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2015.06.003 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2015.06.003
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/9389
dc.description.abstract With increasing human population, large scale climate changes, and the interaction of multiple stressors, understanding cumulative effects on marine ecosystems is increasingly important. Two major drivers of change in coastal and marine ecosystems are industrial developments with acute impacts on local ecosystems, and global climate change stressors with widespread impacts. We conducted a cumulative effects mapping analysis of the marine waters of British Columbia, Canada, under different scenarios: climate change and planned developments. At the coast-wide scale, climate change drove the largest change in cumulative effects with both widespread impacts and high vulnerability scores. Where the impacts of planned developments occur, planned industrial and pipeline activities had high cumulative effects, but the footprint of these effects was comparatively localized. Nearshore habitats were at greatest risk from planned industrial and pipeline activities; in particular, the impacts of planned pipelines on rocky intertidal habitats were predicted to cause the highest change in cumulative effects. This method of incorporating planned industrial development in cumulative effects mapping allows explicit comparison of different scenarios with the potential to be used in environmental impact assessments at various scales. Its use allows resource managers to consider cumulative effect hotspots when making decisions regarding industrial developments and avoid unacceptable cumulative effects. Management needs to consider both global and local stressors in managing marine ecosystems for the protection of biodiversity and the provisioning of ecosystem services. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This research was supported in part by grants from Marine Harvest Canada and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to WWF-Canada (#2229.01). NCB was supported by the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) (#435785-2013). en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Global Ecology and Conservation en_US
dc.subject Cumulative effects en_US
dc.subject Cumulative impact mapping en_US
dc.subject Industrial development en_US
dc.subject Climate change en_US
dc.subject Marine en_US
dc.subject Canada en_US
dc.title Cumulative effects of planned industrial development and climate change on marine ecosystems en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Faculty en_US
dc.description.reviewstatus Reviewed en_US

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