Climate Change and Interacting Stressors: Implications for Coral Reef Management in American Samoa (Final Report)
Notice EPA announces the release of the final document, Climate Change and Interacting Stressors: Implications for Coral Reef Management in American Samoa, which provides a synthesis of information on the interactive effects of climate change and other stressors on the reefs of American Samoa as well as an assessment of potential management responses. This final document reflects a consideration of all comments received through an external peer review. This is a publication of the Office of Research and Development.
Climate variability and change can negatively impact sensitive coral reef ecosystems by altering sea surface temperatures, ocean chemistry, sea level, storm damage, precipitation patterns, stream flows to the coast, salinity, and pollution loads. This report focuses on the coral reefs of American Samoa as a case study for how managers can approach:
- (1) assessments of reef vulnerabilities to combined climate change and local stresses,
(2) identification of adaptive management strategies in response, and
(3) implementation of management options given existing decision processes and mandates.
|Sep 2005||Review draft completed.|
|Oct 2005||Review comments received.|
|Dec 2005||Second revision completed and comments addressed.|
|Aug 2006||Began final revisions based on internal review.|
|Jun 2007||Completed final revisions based on internal review.|
|Jul 2007||Final report cleared.|
|Aug 2007||Report released.|
This download(s) is distributed solely for the purpose of pre-dissemination peer review under applicable information quality guidelines. It has not been formally disseminated by EPA. It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency determination or policy.
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