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Mangrove vulnerability assessment methodology and adaptation prioritisation


Ellison, JC, Mangrove vulnerability assessment methodology and adaptation prioritisation, The Malaysian Forester, 79, (1-2) pp. 95-108. ISSN 0302-2935 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Mangroves are vulnerable to climate change impacts such as sea-level rise. Methods for the assessment of vulnerability of mangroves to climate change impacts include initial review of existing information, forest assessment of mangroves, spatial change analysis, ground surface elevations in and behind the mangroves, relative sea level trends, sedimentation rates under mangroves, adjacent ecosystem resilience, climate change projections and compilation of local community knowledge. Results showing high vulnerability in any of these can directly indicate the adaptation actions that are best prioritised. Actions that reduce existing threats include improvement of local management, improving legislation that facilitates mangrove protection and sustained use, establishment of strategic protected areas and rehabilitation of degraded mangrove areas. Direct adaptation actions include selection of "climate-smart" species in rehabilitation and choice of protected areas, management actions to promote sediment accretion in mangroves, and proactive planning for changed conditions. Ongoing monitoring actions can continue to identify future trends.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate change, mangroves, ecosystem health, spatial changes, elevations, accretion rates, community surveys
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Climate change impacts and adaptation
Research Field:Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem)
UTAS Author:Ellison, JC (Associate Professor Joanna Ellison)
ID Code:110764
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2016-08-12
Last Modified:2017-10-13
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