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Keeping a watch on seaweeds: the forests of the world’s coasts


Miloslavich, P and Johnson, C and Benedetti-Cecchi, L, Keeping a watch on seaweeds: the forests of the world's coasts, Eos, 100, (09 January) ISSN 0096-3941 (2019) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1029/2019EO113401


Macroalgal assemblages are highly productive and biodiverse ecosystems providing important functions and services, including provision of nursery areas, human food resources, and protection from coastal erosion. Macroalgal assemblages are vulnerable to global threats such as ocean warming and acidification and to other anthropogenically mediated stressors, including habitat degradation, eutrophication, pollution, overfishing, and invasive species. Macroalgal cover and composition were identified as an "essential ocean variable" in recognizing that the condition of macroalgal assemblages provides an important indicator of coastal ecosystem health. Proper baseline data and sustained monitoring are essential to detecting changes in these communities at global scales.

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Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Keywords:macroalgal assemblages, seaweeds, macroalgal monitoring
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
UTAS Author:Miloslavich, P (Dr Patricia Miloslavich)
UTAS Author:Johnson, C (Professor Craig Johnson)
ID Code:131443
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2019-03-19
Last Modified:2019-03-19

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