Response of seagrass indicators to shifts in environmental stressors: A global review and management synthesis

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Title:
Response of seagrass indicators to shifts in environmental stressors: A global review and management synthesis
Authors:
Roca, G.; Alcoverro, T.; Krause-Jensen, D.; Balsby, T.J.S.; van Katwijk, M.M.; Marbà, N.; Santos, R.; Arthur, R.; Mascaró, O.; Fernández-Torquemada, Y.; Pérez, M.; Duarte, Carlos M. ( 0000-0002-1213-1361 ) ; Romero, J.
Abstract:
Although seagrass-based indicators are widely used to assess coastal ecosystem status, there is little universality in their application. Matching the plethora of available indicators to specific management objectives requires a detailed knowledge of their species-specific sensitivities and their response time to environmental stressors. We conducted an extensive survey of experimental studies to determine the sensitivity and response time of seagrass indicators to ecosystem degradation and recovery. We identified seagrass size and indicator type (i.e. level of biological organization of the measure) as the main factors affecting indicator sensitivity and response time to degradation and recovery. While structural and demographic parameters (e.g. shoot density, biomass) show a high and unspecific sensitivity, biochemical/physiological indicators present more stressor-specific responses and are the most sensitive detecting early phases of environmental improvement. Based on these results we present a simple decision tree to assist ecosystem managers to match adequate and reliable indicators to specific management goals. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
KAUST Department:
Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
Citation:
Roca G, Alcoverro T, Krause-Jensen D, Balsby TJS, van Katwijk MM, et al. (2016) Response of seagrass indicators to shifts in environmental stressors: A global review and management synthesis. Ecological Indicators 63: 310–323. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.12.007.
Publisher:
Elsevier BV
Journal:
Ecological Indicators
Issue Date:
1-Jan-2016
DOI:
10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.12.007
Type:
Article
ISSN:
1470-160X
Sponsors:
This work was funded by the COST action ES0906, the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (projects CTM2010-22273-C02-01 and -02) and CSIC- 201330E062. GR was supported by a STSM of the COST Action and by a grant of Generalitat de Catalunya (Fi DGR-2012). DKJ and TJSB received funding from the European Commission (DEVOTES contract # FP-308392). This manuscript would not have seen its present form without the patient criticisms of several anonymous reviewers whose contributions we humbly acknowledge.
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dc.contributor.authorRoca, G.en
dc.contributor.authorAlcoverro, T.en
dc.contributor.authorKrause-Jensen, D.en
dc.contributor.authorBalsby, T.J.S.en
dc.contributor.authorvan Katwijk, M.M.en
dc.contributor.authorMarbà, N.en
dc.contributor.authorSantos, R.en
dc.contributor.authorArthur, R.en
dc.contributor.authorMascaró, O.en
dc.contributor.authorFernández-Torquemada, Y.en
dc.contributor.authorPérez, M.en
dc.contributor.authorDuarte, Carlos M.en
dc.contributor.authorRomero, J.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-03T13:24:48Z-
dc.date.available2016-11-03T13:24:48Z-
dc.date.issued2016-01-01en
dc.identifier.citationRoca G, Alcoverro T, Krause-Jensen D, Balsby TJS, van Katwijk MM, et al. (2016) Response of seagrass indicators to shifts in environmental stressors: A global review and management synthesis. Ecological Indicators 63: 310–323. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.12.007.en
dc.identifier.issn1470-160Xen
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.12.007en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/621780-
dc.description.abstractAlthough seagrass-based indicators are widely used to assess coastal ecosystem status, there is little universality in their application. Matching the plethora of available indicators to specific management objectives requires a detailed knowledge of their species-specific sensitivities and their response time to environmental stressors. We conducted an extensive survey of experimental studies to determine the sensitivity and response time of seagrass indicators to ecosystem degradation and recovery. We identified seagrass size and indicator type (i.e. level of biological organization of the measure) as the main factors affecting indicator sensitivity and response time to degradation and recovery. While structural and demographic parameters (e.g. shoot density, biomass) show a high and unspecific sensitivity, biochemical/physiological indicators present more stressor-specific responses and are the most sensitive detecting early phases of environmental improvement. Based on these results we present a simple decision tree to assist ecosystem managers to match adequate and reliable indicators to specific management goals. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was funded by the COST action ES0906, the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (projects CTM2010-22273-C02-01 and -02) and CSIC- 201330E062. GR was supported by a STSM of the COST Action and by a grant of Generalitat de Catalunya (Fi DGR-2012). DKJ and TJSB received funding from the European Commission (DEVOTES contract # FP-308392). This manuscript would not have seen its present form without the patient criticisms of several anonymous reviewers whose contributions we humbly acknowledge.en
dc.publisherElsevier BVen
dc.subjectCoastal assessmenten
dc.subjectEarly warning indicatorsen
dc.subjectEcosystem degradationen
dc.subjectPhysiological and indicatorsen
dc.subjectSeagrass recoveryen
dc.titleResponse of seagrass indicators to shifts in environmental stressors: A global review and management synthesisen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentRed Sea Research Center (RSRC)en
dc.identifier.journalEcological Indicatorsen
dc.contributor.institutionDept. Ecología, Universitat de Barcelona, Spainen
dc.contributor.institutionCentre d'Estudis Avançats de Blanes (CSIC), Carretera d'accés a la cala sant Francesc 14, Spainen
dc.contributor.institutionNature Conservation Foundation, 3076/5, 4th Cross, Gokulam Park, Mysore, Indiaen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Vejlsøvej 25, Silkeborg, Denmarken
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Environmental Science, Institute for Water and Wetland Research, Radboud University Nijmegen, Heyendaalseweg 135, Nijmegen, Netherlandsen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Global Change Research, IMEDEA (UIB-CSIC), Institut Mediterrani d'Estudis Avançats, Miquel Marquès 21, Esporles, Spainen
dc.contributor.institutionMarine Plant Ecology Research Group, Center of Marine Sciences Universidade Do Algarve, Gambelas, Faro, Portugalen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Marine Sciences and Applied Biology, University of Alicante, P.O. Box 99, Alicante, Spainen
kaust.authorDuarte, Carlos M.en
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