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Maps, laws and planning policy: Working with biophysical and spatial uncertainty in the case of sea level rise

For the week of 22 September 2014

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Environmental Science & Policy has published, Maps, laws and planning policy: Working with biophysical and spatial uncertainty in the case of sea level rise. The authors used Queensland, Australia as a case study for coastal zone planning with sea-level rise. Eight factors were found to provide notable challenges in regard to "errors, uncertainties and variability in physical, geographical and biological processes." You may access the full-text for free using the link below.

Happy reading!
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

Mapping seabird sensitivity to offshore wind farms

For the week of 15 September 2014

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

PLoS ONE has now published, Mapping seabird sensitivity to offshore wind farms, in which the authors utilized GIS with the Seabird Mapping and Sensitivity Tool (SeaMaST) to examine seabirds interacting with wind farms in England's seas. Seabird surveys from 1979-2012 were used in the analysis to produce sensitivity maps to aid maritime spatial planning on both collision and displacement effects. You may download the full-text for free using the link below.

Happy reading!
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

Cumulative Effects in Marine Ecosystems: Scientific Perspectives on its Challenges and Solutions

For the weeks of of 25 August through 8 September 2014

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

The Literature Update is now back from its summer holiday with long distance eyesight is restored. We have 2.5 Literature Updates in this one issue, so get ready for lots of interesting things to read this week.

The Center for Ocean Solutions and friends have produced a new report, Cumulative Effects in Marine Ecosystems: Scientific Perspectives on its Challenges and Solutions. The report examines: "(1) how cumulative effects manifest in ecosystems as a result of multiple human activities; (2) challenges in applying scientific knowledge in cumulative effects assessment, including defining spatial and temporal scales, baselines, reference points, indicators, and identifying significant changes in the face of uncertainty and natural environmental variability; (3) models and tools that have been developed to assess cumulative effects; and (4) priorities for science and management of cumulative effects." You may download the full-text using the link below.

Happy reading!
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

The Crowded Sea: Incorporating Multiple Marine Activities in Conservation Plans Can Significantly Alter Spatial Priorities

For the week of 20 August 2014

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

PLoS ONE has published, The Crowded Sea: Incorporating Multiple Marine Activities in Conservation Plans Can Significantly Alter Spatial Priorities. Mazor, Possingham, and co-authors examined the Mediterranean territorial waters of Israel to compare four management scenarios as additional use-cases were incorporated. They illustrated the complexity of spatial planning processes, including opportunity costs, lost fishing effort, and lost revenues. You may access the full-text for free using the link below.

Happy reading!
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

Transforming management of tropical coastal seas to cope with challenges of the 21st century

For the week of 11 August 2014

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

New from Marine Pollution Bulletin comes the open access paper, Transforming management of tropical coastal seas to cope with challenges of the 21st century. Many of the leading scientists in our field offer a sobering view of status quo marine management in this paper, by examining demographic data along the planet's coasts and the growing human impacts associated with growing coastal populations. Expanded marine spatial planning is offered as a potential lifeline. You may access the full-text for free using the link below.

Happy reading!
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

Ecosystem and Community-Based Model Integration to Designate Coral Reef No-Take MPAs: A Case Study

For the week of 4 August 2014

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Natural Resources has published, Ecosystem-Based and Community-Based Model Integration to Designate Coral Reef No-Take Marine Protected Areas: A Case Study from Puerto Rico. The authors used a participatory model with both physical and socioeconomic values to identify candidate MPAs. Stakeholders in the study area had accurate perceptions of coral reef health, but did not realize the threats of climate change. This participatory-modeled MPA won approval from 80% of artisanal fishers, highlighting the importance of community involvement. You may download the full-text article for free using the link below.

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-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

How Can We Identify and Communicate the Ecological Value of Deep-Sea Ecosystem Services?

For the week of 28 June 2014

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New from PLoS ONE comes, How Can We Identify and Communicate the Ecological Value of Deep-Sea Ecosystem Services? The authors utilized the Ecosystem Principles Approach to identify ecosystem services of submarine canyons. The approach was found to be successful in linking ecological information with ecosystem service assessment, which could also make it a useful basis for communication practices. You may download the full-text PDF for free using the link below.

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-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

Sediment and Turbidity Associated with Offshore Dredging Increase Coral Disease Prevalence on Nearby Reefs

For the week of 21 July 2014

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Monday evening we unveiled OpenChannels version 3.0 which unifies your browsing experience across mobile and desktop devices. Reading literature no longer requires super-small text or lots of zooming and dragging. We hope you find this update as useful as we do. If you find any gremlins wreaking havoc, do let us know - you can simply reply to this message (we may have fed the Mogwai after dark...).

Bad puns aside, it's time for the literature! PLoS ONE has published a new paper, Sediment and Turbidity Associated with Offshore Dredging Increase Coral Disease Prevalence on Nearby Reefs. The authors found a six-fold increase in "signs of compromised coral health" due to exposure from dredging plumes. I'm sure you all know what this means for the whole Australia coal export issue...

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-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

Guidelines for Integrating Human Dimensions into MPA Planning and Management

For the week of 14 July 2014

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

WWF South Africa and the Environmental Evaluation Unit of the University of Cape Town have published a new report, Guidelines for Integrating Human Dimensions into MPA Planning and Management. "This project explores how MPAs can become more meaningful to society in terms of addressing social, economic and ecological objectives. It highlights the importance of considering issues such as human values, aspirations, lifestyles, cultural heritage, livelihoods, local economic activities and institutional arrangements in the development of MPAs and their management strategies." You may download the full or short report, and even a policy brief based on it, for free using the link below.

Happy reading!
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

The Role of Temperature in Determining Species' Vulnerability to Ocean Acidification

For the week of 7 July 2014

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

From PLoS ONE comes, The Role of Temperature in Determining Species' Vulnerability to Ocean Acidification: A Case Study Using Mytilus galloprovincialis. The authors examined the blue mussel species' response to increasing temperature and acidity. They found "the effects of OA on shell growth are highly dependent on temperature." You may download the full-text PDF for free using the link below.

Happy reading!
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

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