Journal article

Management of Local Stressors Can Improve the Resilience of Marine Canopy Algae to Global Stressors

Elisabeth MA Strain, Jim van Belzen, Jeroen van Dalen, Tjeerd J Bouma, Laura Airoldi

PLOS ONE | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2015

Abstract

Coastal systems are increasingly threatened by multiple local anthropogenic and global climatic stressors. With the difficulties in remediating global stressors, management requires alternative approaches that focus on local scales. We used manipulative experiments to test whether reducing local stressors (sediment load and nutrient concentrations) can improve the resilience of foundation species (canopy algae along temperate rocky coastlines) to future projected global climate stressors (high wave exposure, increasing sea surface temperature), which are less amenable to management actions. We focused on Fucoids (Cystoseira barbata) along the north-western Adriatic coast in the Mediterranean..

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Grants

Awarded by Innovative multi-purpose off-shore platforms: planning, design and operation (EU FP7-Ocean)


Awarded by THESEUS-Innovative technologies for safer European coasts in a changing climate


Funding Acknowledgements

The work was supported by the projects Observing, modelling and Testing synergies and TRade-offs for the adaptive management of multiple Impacts in coastal Systems (PRIN 2010-2011, MIUR); Innovative multi-purpose off-shore platforms: planning, design and operation (EU FP7-Ocean-2011, grant: 288710), http://www.mermaidproject.eu/; THESEUS-Innovative technologies for safer European coasts in a changing climate (EU-FP7-ENV2009-1, grant: 244104), http://www.theseusproject.eu/. The funders had no role in study