Under the radar: Mitigating enigmatic ecological impacts

Raiter, Karen G., Possingham, Hugh P., Prober, Suzanne M. and Hobbs, Richard J. (2014) Under the radar: Mitigating enigmatic ecological impacts. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 29 11: 635-644. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2014.09.003

Author Raiter, Karen G.
Possingham, Hugh P.
Prober, Suzanne M.
Hobbs, Richard J.
Title Under the radar: Mitigating enigmatic ecological impacts
Journal name Trends in Ecology and Evolution   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0169-5347
Publication date 2014-11-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.tree.2014.09.003
Open Access Status
Volume 29
Issue 11
Start page 635
End page 644
Total pages 10
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Identifying the deleterious ecological effects of developments, such as roads, mining, and urban expansion, is essential for informing development decisions and identifying appropriate mitigation actions. However, there are many types of ecological impacts that slip ‘under the radar’ of conventional impact evaluations and undermine the potential for successful impact mitigation (including offsets). These ‘enigmatic’ impacts include those that are small but act cumulatively; those outside of the area directly considered in the evaluation; those not detectable with the methods, paradigms, or spatiotemporal scales used to detect them; those facilitated, but not directly caused, by development; and synergistic impact interactions. Here, we propose a framework for conceptualising enigmatic impacts and discuss ways to address them.
Keyword Cryptic impacts
Cumulative impacts
Ecological impact evaluations
Offsite impacts
Secondary impacts
Synergistic impacts
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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