Opportunistic management of estuaries under climate change: a new adaptive decision-making framework and its practical application

Peirson, William, Davey, Erica, Jones, Alan, Hadwen, Wade, Bishop, Keith, Beger, Maria, Capon, Samantha, Fairweather, Peter, Creese, Bob, Smith, Timothy F., Gray, Leigh and Tomlinson, Rodger (2015) Opportunistic management of estuaries under climate change: a new adaptive decision-making framework and its practical application. Journal of Environmental Management, 163 214-223. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.08.021


Author Peirson, William
Davey, Erica
Jones, Alan
Hadwen, Wade
Bishop, Keith
Beger, Maria
Capon, Samantha
Fairweather, Peter
Creese, Bob
Smith, Timothy F.
Gray, Leigh
Tomlinson, Rodger
Title Opportunistic management of estuaries under climate change: a new adaptive decision-making framework and its practical application
Journal name Journal of Environmental Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1095-8630
0301-4797
Publication date 2015-11-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.08.021
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 163
Start page 214
End page 223
Total pages 10
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Academic Press
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Ongoing coastal development and the prospect of severe climate change impacts present pressing estuary management and governance challenges. Robust approaches must recognise the intertwined social and ecological vulnerabilities of estuaries. Here, a new governance and management framework is proposed that recognises the integrated social-ecological systems of estuaries so as to permit transformative adaptation to climate change within these systems. The framework lists stakeholders and identifies estuarine uses and values. Goals are categorised that are specific to ecosystems, private property, public infrastructure, and human communities. Systematic adaptation management strategies are proposed with conceptual examples and associated governance approaches. Contrasting case studies are used to illustrate the practical application of these ideas. The framework will assist estuary managers worldwide to achieve their goals, minimise maladaptative responses, better identify competing interests, reduce stakeholder conflict and exploit opportunities for appropriate ecosystem restoration and sustainable development.
Keyword Estuaries
Climate change adaptation
Rehabilitation
Ports
Environmental flows
Coastal fisheries
Coastal water quality
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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