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Autonomous adaptation to climate-driven change in marine biodiversity in a global marine hotspot


Pecl, GT and Ogier, E and Jennings, S and van Putten, I and Crawford, C and Fogarty, H and Frusher, S and Hobday, AJ and Keane, J and Lee, E and MacLeod, C and Mundy, C and Stuart-Smith, J and Tracey, S, Autonomous adaptation to climate-driven change in marine biodiversity in a global marine hotspot, Ambio, 48, (12) pp. 1498-1515. ISSN 0044-7447 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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copyright Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences 2019

DOI: doi:10.1007/s13280-019-01186-x


While governments and natural resource managers grapple with how to respond to climatic changes, many marine-dependent individuals, organisations and user-groups in fast-changing regions of the world are already adjusting their behaviour to accommodate these. However, we have little information on the nature of these autonomous adaptations that are being initiated by resource user-groups. The east coast of Tasmania, Australia, is one of the world’s fastest warming marine regions with extensive climate-driven changes in biodiversity already observed. We present and compare examples of autonomous adaptations from marine users of the region to provide insights into factors that may have constrained or facilitated the available range of autonomous adaptation options and discuss potential interactions with governmental planned adaptations. We aim to support effective adaptation by identifying the suite of changes that marine users are making largely without government or management intervention, i.e. autonomous adaptations, to better understand these and their potential interactions with formal adaptation strategies.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:autonomous adaptation, climate change, indigenous knowledge, local knowledge, marina biodiversity, species redistribution
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:Pecl, GT (Professor Gretta Pecl)
UTAS Author:Ogier, E (Dr Emily Ogier)
UTAS Author:Jennings, S (Dr Sarah Jennings)
UTAS Author:van Putten, I (Dr Ingrid Van Putten)
UTAS Author:Crawford, C (Dr Christine Crawford)
UTAS Author:Fogarty, H (Ms Hannah Fogarty)
UTAS Author:Frusher, S (Professor Stewart Frusher)
UTAS Author:Hobday, AJ (Dr Alistair Hobday)
UTAS Author:Keane, J (Dr John Keane)
UTAS Author:Lee, E (Dr Emma Lee)
UTAS Author:MacLeod, C (Associate Professor Catriona MacLeod)
UTAS Author:Mundy, C (Dr Craig Mundy)
UTAS Author:Stuart-Smith, J (Dr Jemina Stuart-Smith)
UTAS Author:Tracey, S (Associate Professor Sean Tracey)
ID Code:133209
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2019-06-18
Last Modified:2020-02-27

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