A global atlas of the environmental risk of marinas on water quality

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Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: 2019
Date published: 12/2019
Authors: Paloma Valdor, Aina Gómez, José Juanes, Camille Kerléguer, Peter Steinberg, Edwina Tanner, Catriona Macleod, Antony Knights, Rochelle Seitz, Laura Airoldi, Louise Firth, Tasman Crowe, Eva Chatzinikolaou, Alison Smith, Christos Arvanitidis, John Burt, Paul Brooks, Massimo Ponti, Abilio Soares-Gomes, Aida Ovejero, Gonzalo Méndez
Journal title: Marine Pollution Bulletin
Volume: 149
Pages: 110661
ISSN: 0025326X

Estimating the potential environmental risks of worldwide coastal recreational navigation on water quality is an important step towards designing a sustainable global market. This study proposes the creation of a global atlas of the environmental risk of marinas on water quality by applying the Marina Environmental Risk Assessment (MERA) procedure. Calculations integrate three main risk factors: Pressure, State and Response. Applying the MERA approach to 105 globally distributed marinas has confirmed the utility, versatility and adaptability of this procedure as a novel tool to compare the environmental risks within and among regions (i.e. for area-based management), to identify the world's best practices (i.e. to optimize existing management) and to understand and adjust global risks in future development (i.e. improved planning).

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