Interaction between pollution and climate change augments ecological risk to a coastal ecosystem

Lu, Yonglong; Wang, Ruoshi; Shi, Yajuan; Su, Chao; Yuan, Jingjing; Johnson, Andrew C. ORCID:; Jenkins, Alan; Ferrier, Robert C.; Chen, Deliang; Tian, Hanqin; Melillo, Jerry; Song, Shuai; Ellison, Aaron M.. 2018 Interaction between pollution and climate change augments ecological risk to a coastal ecosystem. Ecosystem Health and Sustainability, 4 (7). 161-168.

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Pollution and climate change are among the most challenging issues for countries with developing economies, but we know little about the ecological risks that result when these pressures occur together. We explored direct effects of, and interactions between, environmental pollution and climate change on ecosystem health in the Bohai Sea region of Northern China. We developed an integrated approach to assess ecological risks to this region under four scenarios of climate change. Although ecological risks to the system from pollution alone have been declining, interactions between pollution and climate change have enhanced ecological risks to this coastal/marine ecosystem. Our results suggest that current policies focused strictly on pollution control alone should be changed to take into account the interactive effects of climate change so as to better forecast and manage potential ecological risks.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Pollution (Science Area 2017-)
Directors, SCs
ISSN: 2332-8878
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Open Access paper - full text available via Official URL link.
Additional Keywords: climate change, environmental pollution, environmental risk stressors, integrated ecological risk, coastal ecosystem
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 21 Aug 2018 09:38 +0 (UTC)

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