A risk-based approach to cumulative effect assessments for marine management

Stelzenmüller, Vanessa, Coll, Marta, Mazaris, Antonios D., Giakoumi, Sylvaine, Katsanevakis, Stelios, Portman, Michelle E., Degen, Renate, Mackelworth, Peter, Gimpel, Antje, Albano, Paolo G., Almpanidou, Vasiliki, Claudet, Joachim, Essl, Franz, Evagelopoulos, Thanasis, Heymans, Johanna J., Genov, Tilen, Kark, Salit, Micheli, Fiorenza, Pennino, Maria Grazia, Rilov, Gil, Rumes, Bob, Steenbeek, Jeroen and Ojaveer, Henn (2017) A risk-based approach to cumulative effect assessments for marine management. Science of the Total Environment, 612 1132-1140. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.08.289

Author Stelzenmüller, Vanessa
Coll, Marta
Mazaris, Antonios D.
Giakoumi, Sylvaine
Katsanevakis, Stelios
Portman, Michelle E.
Degen, Renate
Mackelworth, Peter
Gimpel, Antje
Albano, Paolo G.
Almpanidou, Vasiliki
Claudet, Joachim
Essl, Franz
Evagelopoulos, Thanasis
Heymans, Johanna J.
Genov, Tilen
Kark, Salit
Micheli, Fiorenza
Pennino, Maria Grazia
Rilov, Gil
Rumes, Bob
Steenbeek, Jeroen
Ojaveer, Henn
Title A risk-based approach to cumulative effect assessments for marine management
Journal name Science of the Total Environment   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0048-9697
Publication date 2017-09-08
Year available 2017
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.08.289
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 612
Start page 1132
End page 1140
Total pages 9
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 2305 Environmental Engineering
2304 Environmental Chemistry
2311 Waste Management and Disposal
2310 Pollution
Abstract Marine ecosystems are increasingly threatened by the cumulative effects of multiple human pressures. Cumulative effect assessments (CEAs) are needed to inform environmental policy and guide ecosystem-based management. Yet, CEAs are inherently complex and seldom linked to real-world management processes. Therefore we propose entrenching CEAs in a risk management process, comprising the steps of risk identification, risk analysis and risk evaluation. We provide guidance to operationalize a risk-based approach to CEAs by describing for each step guiding principles and desired outcomes, scientific challenges and practical solutions. We reviewed the treatment of uncertainty in CEAs and the contribution of different tools and data sources to the implementation of a risk based approach to CEAs. We show that a risk-based approach to CEAs decreases complexity, allows for the transparent treatment of uncertainty and streamlines the uptake of scientific outcomes into the science-policy interface. Hence, its adoption can help bridging the gap between science and decision-making in ecosystem-based management. (C) 2017 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier B.V.
Keyword Ecosystem-Based Management
Human Impacts
Seabed Habitats
Human Stressors
Human Pressures
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID CA15121
Institutional Status UQ

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