Coral Reefs and People in a High-CO2 World: Where Can Science Make a Difference to People?

Type Article
Date 2016-11
Language English
Author(s) Pendleton Linwood1, Comte Adrien1, Langdon Chris3, Ekstrom Julia A.4, Cooley Sarah R.5, Suatoni Lisa6, Beck Michael W.ORCID7, 8, Brander Luke M.9, Burke Lauretta10, Cinner Josh E.11, Doherty Carolyn2, Edwards Peter E. T.12, Gledhill Dwight13, Jiang Li-Qing14, Van Hooidonk Ruben J.15, 16, Teh Louise17, Waldbusser George G.18, Ritter Jessica19
Affiliation(s) 1 : Univ Bretagne Occidentale, AMURE UMR6308, IUEM, Plouzane, France.
2 : Duke Univ, Durham, NC USA.
3 : Univ Miami, RSMAS MBE, Miami, FL USA.
4 : Univ Calif Davis, Policy Inst Energy Environm & Econ, Davis, CA 95616 USA.
5 : Ocean Conservancy, Washington, DC USA.
6 : Nat Resources Def Council, New York, NY USA.
7 : Nature Conservancy, Santa Cruz, CA USA.
8 : Univ Calif Santa Cruz, Ocean Sci, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 USA.
9 : Vrije Univ Amsterdam, Inst Environm Studies, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
10 : World Resources Inst, Washington, DC 20006 USA.
11 : James Cook Univ, ARC Ctr Excellence Coral Reef Studies, Townsville, Qld, Australia.
12 : NOAA, Coral Reef Conservat Program, Silver Spring, MD USA.
13 : NOAA, Ocean Acidificat Program, Silver Spring, MD USA.
14 : Univ Maryland, Cooperat Inst Climate & Satellites, Earth Syst Sci Interdisciplinary Ctr, College Pk, MD 20742 USA.
15 : NOAA, Atlantic Oceanog & Meteorol Lab, Ocean Chem & Ecosyst Div, Miami, FL 33149 USA.
16 : Univ Miami, Rosenstiel Sch Marine & Atmospher Sci, Cooperat Inst Marine & Atmospher Studies, 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149 USA.
17 : Univ British Columbia, Inst Oceans & Fisheries, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
18 : Oregon State Univ, Coll Earth Ocean & Atmospher Sci, Corvallis, OR 97331 USA.
19 : Natl Wildlife Fdn, Washington, DC USA.
Source Plos One (1932-6203) (Public Library Science), 2016-11 , Vol. 11 , N. 11 , P. e0164699 (21p.)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0164699
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Reefs and People at Risk Increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere put shallow, warm-water coral reef ecosystems, and the people who depend upon them at risk from two key global environmental stresses: 1) elevated sea surface temperature (that can cause coral bleaching and related mortality), and 2) ocean acidification. These global stressors: cannot be avoided by local management, compound local stressors, and hasten the loss of ecosystem services. Impacts to people will be most grave where a) human dependence on coral reef ecosystems is high, b) sea surface temperature reaches critical levels soonest, and c) ocean acidification levels are most severe. Where these elements align, swift action will be needed to protect people's lives and livelihoods, but such action must be informed by data and science. An Indicator Approach Designing policies to offset potential harm to coral reef ecosystems and people requires a better understanding of where CO2-related global environmental stresses could cause the most severe impacts. Mapping indicators has been proposed as a way of combining natural and social science data to identify policy actions even when the needed science is relatively nascent. To identify where people are at risk and where more science is needed, we map indicators of biological, physical and social science factors to understand how human dependence on coral reef ecosystems will be affected by globally-driven threats to corals expected in a high-CO2 world. Western Mexico, Micronesia, Indonesia and parts of Australia have high human dependence and will likely face severe combined threats. As a region, Southeast Asia is particularly at risk. Many of the countries most dependent upon coral reef ecosystems are places for which we have the least robust data on ocean acidification. These areas require new data and interdisciplinary scientific research to help coral reef-dependent human communities better prepare for a high CO2 world.

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S1 Data. Data Projections for First Year When 8 Degree Heating Weeks Occur (land areas are masked,[24]). 257 KB Open access
S2 Data. Data Projections of Ωar in 2050 (derived from [43]). 260 KB Open access
S3 Data. Data Projections for First Year When 8 Degree Heating Weeks Occur (land areas are masked, for coral reef areas only [24]). 257 KB Open access
S1 Table. Oceanic Province Level Data on Sea Surface Temperature (Year When Annual DHW = 8) [24,25]. 15 KB Open access
S2 Table. Oceanic Province Level Data on Ocean Acidification in Year 2050 (Omega Aragonite). 12 KB Open access
S3 Table. Oceanic Province Level Data on Human Dependence on Coral Reef Ecosystems: Fisheries [40] and Low Elevation Coastal Population [41]. 14 KB Open access
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Pendleton Linwood, Comte Adrien, Langdon Chris, Ekstrom Julia A., Cooley Sarah R., Suatoni Lisa, Beck Michael W., Brander Luke M., Burke Lauretta, Cinner Josh E., Doherty Carolyn, Edwards Peter E. T., Gledhill Dwight, Jiang Li-Qing, Van Hooidonk Ruben J., Teh Louise, Waldbusser George G., Ritter Jessica (2016). Coral Reefs and People in a High-CO2 World: Where Can Science Make a Difference to People? Plos One, 11(11), e0164699 (21p.). Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :