Principles for operationalizing climate change adaptation strategies to support the resilience of estuarine and coastal ecosystems: An Australian perspective

Type Article
Date 2016-06
Language English
Author(s) Sheaves Marcus1, 2, Sporne Ilva3, 4, Dichmont Catherine M.5, Bustamante Rodrigo5, Dale Pat3, 4, Deng Roy6, Dutra Leo X. C.6, 7, Van Putten Ingrid8, 9, Savina-Rolland MarieORCID5, Swinbourne Anne1
Affiliation(s) 1 : James Cook Univ, Townsville, Qld 4811, Australia.
2 : James Cook Univ, TropWATER, Ctr Trop Water & Aquat Ecosyst Res, Townsville, Qld 4811, Australia.
3 : Griffith Univ, Environm Futures Res Inst, 170 Kessels Rd, Nathan, Qld 4111, Australia.
4 : Griffith Univ, Sch Environm, 170 Kessels Rd, Nathan, Qld 4111, Australia.
5 : CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere Flagship, 41 Boggo Rd, Dutton Pk, Qld 4102, Australia.
6 : CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere Flagship, 306 Carmody Rd, St Lucia, Qld 4067, Australia.
7 : Univ S Pacific, Sch Marine Studies, Fac Sci Technol & Environm, Laucala Bay Rd, Suva, Fiji.
8 : CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere Flagship, GPO Box 1538, Hobart, Tas 7001, Australia.
9 : Univ Tasmania, Ctr Marine Socioecol, Hobart, Tas 7000, Australia.
Source Marine Policy (0308-597X) (Elsevier Sci Ltd), 2016-06 , Vol. 68 , P. 229-240
DOI 10.1016/j.marpol.2016.03.014
WOS© Times Cited 14
Keyword(s) Climate adaptation, Operational strategies, Estuaries, Coastal, Resilience
Abstract Effective publicly developed adaptation strategies are crucial in managing the impacts of Climate Change. Adaptation strategy development is particularly complex in estuarine and coastal marine ecosystems because of their diverse environmental values, extensive human utilisation and the complex socio-ecological systems they support. Although many generic adaptation frameworks are available they cannot provide specific guidance for locally relevant strategy development. In contrast, situation-specific tools work well for their intended purpose but are usually unsuitable for a different situation. The gap between generic frameworks and situation-specific tools is addressed in this study by developing a set of general principles to provide guidance for the efficient and robust development of adaptation strategies. The nine principles comprise a conceptualisation of the various factors that are likely to have an effect on the success or otherwise of an adaptation strategy and they apply in any situation. An example ‘adaptation checklist’ that serves as a guide to practitioners in the field, will help ensure that all critical components are covered during the development of an adaptation strategy.
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Sheaves Marcus, Sporne Ilva, Dichmont Catherine M., Bustamante Rodrigo, Dale Pat, Deng Roy, Dutra Leo X. C., Van Putten Ingrid, Savina-Rolland Marie, Swinbourne Anne (2016). Principles for operationalizing climate change adaptation strategies to support the resilience of estuarine and coastal ecosystems: An Australian perspective. Marine Policy, 68, 229-240. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :