Assessing and managing freshwater ecosystems vulnerable to global change

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Abstract

Freshwater ecosystems are important for global biodiversity and provide essential ecosystem services. There is consensus in the scientific literature that freshwater ecosystems are vulnerable to the impacts of environmental change, which may trigger irreversible regime shifts upon which biodiversity and ecosystem services may be lost. There are profound uncertainties regarding the management and assessment of the vulnerability of freshwater ecosystems to environmental change. Quantitative approaches are needed to reduce this uncertainty. We describe available statistical and modeling approaches along with case studies that demonstrate how resilience theory can be applied to aid decision-making in natural resources management. We highlight especially how long-term monitoring efforts combined with ecological theory can provide a novel nexus between ecological impact assessment and management, and the quantification of systemic vulnerability and thus the resilience of ecosystems to environmental change.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Assessing and managing freshwater ecosystems vulnerable to global change
Series title Ambio
DOI 10.1007/s13280-014-0566-z
Volume 43
Issue Supplement 1
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Seattle
Description 13 p.
First page 113
Last page 125
Country Sweden, United States
Other Geospatial Florida Everglades
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N