eCite Digital Repository

Conceptualisation of multiple impacts interacting in the marine environment using marine infrastructure as an example


Komyakova, V and Jaffres, JBD and Strain, EMA and Cullen-Knox, C and Fudge, M and Langhamer, O and Bender, A and Yaakub, SM and Wilson, E and Allen, BJM and Sella, I and Haward, M, Conceptualisation of multiple impacts interacting in the marine environment using marine infrastructure as an example, The Science of The Total Environment, 830, (article 154748) pp. 1-18. ISSN 0048-9697 (2022) [Substantial Review]

Pending copyright assessment - Request a copy

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.154748


The human population is increasingly reliant on the marine environment for food, trade, tourism, transport, communication and other vital ecosystem services. These services require extensive marine infrastructure, all of which have direct or indirect ecological impacts on marine environments. The rise in global marine infrastructure has led to light, noise and chemical pollution, as well as facilitation of biological invasions. As a result, marine systems and associated species are under increased pressure from habitat loss and degradation, formation of ecological traps and increased mortality, all of which can lead to reduced resilience and consequently increased invasive species establishment. Whereas the cumulative bearings of collective human impacts on marine populations have previously been demonstrated, the multiple impacts associated with marine infrastructure have not been well explored. Here, building on ecological literature, we explore the impacts that are associated with marine infrastructure, conceptualising the notion of correlative, interactive and cumulative effects of anthropogenic activities on the marine environment. By reviewing the range of mitigation approaches that are currently available, we consider the role that eco-engineering, marine spatial planning and agent-based modelling plays in complementing the design and placement of marine structures to incorporate the existing connectivity pathways, ecological principles and complexity of the environment. Because the effect of human-induced, rapid environmental change is predicted to increase in response to the growth of the human population, this study demonstrates that the development and implementation of legislative framework, innovative technologies and nature-informed solutions are vital, preventative measures to mitigate the multiple impacts associated with marine infrastructure.

Item Details

Item Type:Substantial Review
Keywords:marine artificial structures, anthropogenic impacts, marine policy, green marine engineering, conservation and management
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Coastal and estuarine systems and management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Komyakova, V (Dr Valeriya Komyakova)
UTAS Author:Strain, EMA (Dr Beth Strain)
UTAS Author:Cullen-Knox, C (Ms Coco Cullen-Knox)
UTAS Author:Fudge, M (Dr Maree Fudge)
UTAS Author:Wilson, E (Miss Eloise Wilson)
UTAS Author:Haward, M (Professor Marcus Haward)
ID Code:149427
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Oceans and Cryosphere
Deposited On:2022-03-30
Last Modified:2022-03-30

Repository Staff Only: item control page