Journal article

Future-proofing conservation priorities for sea level rise in coastal urban ecosystems

Tessa Mazor, Rebecca K Runting, Megan I Saunders, Danwei Huang, Daniel A Friess, Nhung TH Nguyen, Ryan J Lowe, James P Gilmour, Peter A Todd, Catherine E Lovelock

BIOLOGICAL CONSERVATION | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

Decision makers are calling for actionable science to protect coastal ecosystems from adverse impacts. Future sea level rise (SLR) is expected to alter the spatial configuration of coastal habitats and their services. Ensuring conservation efforts are in optimal areas can be achieved using systematic conservation planning, yet plans rarely address multiple goals and uncertainties. We developed and applied a novel multi-ecosystem approach for planning the conservation of coastal ecosystems under future SLR scenarios. Decision support tool Marxan was used to determine priority areas that incorporate habitat connectivity, SLR modelling scenarios and feasibility for conservation in urbanised Mor..

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Grants

Awarded by National Research Foundation, Prime Minister's Office, Singapore under its NRF Australia-Singapore Joint Research Grant Call


Funding Acknowledgements

This research is supported by the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, and the National Research Foundation, Prime Minister's Office, Singapore under its NRF Australia-Singapore Joint Research Grant Call (NRF2018AU-SG02). Fisheries catch and effort spatial data is courtesy of the State of Queensland, Australia through the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. We thank M. Ronan and C. Kvennefors from the Department of Environment and Science for providing critical feedback before submission.