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dc.contributor.authorRoca, G.
dc.contributor.authorAlcoverro, T.
dc.contributor.authorKrause-Jensen, D.
dc.contributor.authorBalsby, T.J.S.
dc.contributor.authorvan Katwijk, M.M.
dc.contributor.authorMarbà, N.
dc.contributor.authorSantos, R.
dc.contributor.authorArthur, R.
dc.contributor.authorMascaró, O.
dc.contributor.authorFernández-Torquemada, Y.
dc.contributor.authorPérez, M.
dc.contributor.authorDuarte, Carlos M.
dc.contributor.authorRomero, J.
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-03T13:24:48Z
dc.date.available2016-11-03T13:24:48Z
dc.date.issued2016-01-01
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.
dc.identifier.issn1470-160X
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.12.007
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.
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.
dc.publisherElsevier BV
dc.subjectCoastal assessment
dc.subjectEarly warning indicators
dc.subjectEcosystem degradation
dc.subjectPhysiological and indicators
dc.subjectSeagrass recovery
dc.titleResponse of seagrass indicators to shifts in environmental stressors: A global review and management synthesis
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
dc.contributor.departmentMarine Science Program
dc.contributor.departmentRed Sea Research Center (RSRC)
dc.identifier.journalEcological Indicators
dc.contributor.institutionDept. Ecología, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
dc.contributor.institutionCentre d'Estudis Avançats de Blanes (CSIC), Carretera d'accés a la cala sant Francesc 14, Spain
dc.contributor.institutionNature Conservation Foundation, 3076/5, 4th Cross, Gokulam Park, Mysore, India
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Vejlsøvej 25, Silkeborg, Denmark
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Environmental Science, Institute for Water and Wetland Research, Radboud University Nijmegen, Heyendaalseweg 135, Nijmegen, Netherlands
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Global Change Research, IMEDEA (UIB-CSIC), Institut Mediterrani d'Estudis Avançats, Miquel Marquès 21, Esporles, Spain
dc.contributor.institutionMarine Plant Ecology Research Group, Center of Marine Sciences Universidade Do Algarve, Gambelas, Faro, Portugal
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Marine Sciences and Applied Biology, University of Alicante, P.O. Box 99, Alicante, Spain
kaust.personDuarte, Carlos M.
dc.date.published-online2016-01-01
dc.date.published-print2016-04


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