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Marine governance to avoid tipping points: can we adapt the adaptability envelope?


Serrao-Neumann, S and Davidson, JL and Baldwin, CL and Dedekorkut-Howes, A and Ellison, JC and Holbrook, NJ and Howes, M and Jacobson, C and Morgan, EA, Marine governance to avoid tipping points: can we adapt the adaptability envelope?, Marine Policy, 65 pp. 56-67. ISSN 0308-597X (2016) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2015.12.007


Combined pressures from climate change, resources demand and environmental degradation could lead to the collapse of marine systems and increase the vulnerability of populations dependent on them. In this paper an adaptability envelope framework is applied to investigate how governance arrangements may be addressing changing conditions of marine social-ecological systems, particularly where thresholds might have been crossed. The analysis focuses on three Australian case studies that have been significantly impacted by variations or changes in weather and climate over the past decade. Findings indicate that, in some cases, global scale drivers are triggering tipping points, which challenge the potential success of existing governance arrangements at the local scale. Governance interventions to address tipping points have been predominantly reactive, despite existing scientific evidence indicating that thresholds are approaching and/or being crossed. It is argued that marine governance arrangements need to be framed so that they also anticipate increasing marine social-ecological system vulnerability, and therefore build appropriate adaptive capacity to buffer against potential tipping points.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate change, marine governance, tipping points, resilience, marine systems, Australia, thresholds, vulnerability
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental management not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Institutional arrangements
UTAS Author:Davidson, JL (Dr Julie Davidson)
UTAS Author:Ellison, JC (Associate Professor Joanna Ellison)
UTAS Author:Holbrook, NJ (Professor Neil Holbrook)
ID Code:106451
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:30
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2016-02-10
Last Modified:2017-10-31
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