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Aquatic Ecosystems, Water Quality, and Global Change: Challenges of Conducting Multi-Stressor Vulnerability Assessments (Final Report)
U.S. EPA. Aquatic Ecosystems, Water Quality, and Global Change: Challenges of Conducting Multi-Stressor Vulnerability Assessments (Final Report). U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-11/011F, 2011.
EPA announced the availability of the final report, Aquatic Ecosystems and Global Change: The Challenges of conducting Multi-Stressor Global Change Vulnerability Assessments. This report investigates the issues and challenges associated with identifying, calculating, and mapping indicators of the relative vulnerability of water quality and aquatic ecosystems, across the United States, to the potential impacts of global change. Using a large set of environmental indicators drawn from the scientific and management literature, this final report explores the conceptual and practical challenges associated with using such indicators to assess how the resilience of ecosystems and human systems may vary as a function of existing stresses and maladaptations.
It is a widespread assumption that the impacts of existing stressors is a key input to any comprehensive global change vulnerability assessment – in other words, that the impacts of global change will be expressed via interactions with such stressors through their potential to reduce overall resilience, or increase overall sensitivity, to global change. However, to date, there has been relatively little exploration of the practical challenges implied by this assumption – i.e., the practical challenges associated with comprehensively assessing how the resilience of ecosystems and human systems in the face of global change may vary as a function of existing stresses and maladaptations. This report is a preliminary attempt to explore these issues. The intent is for this report to be a useful building block for future work on multi-stressor global change vulnerability assessments: (i) to bridge disconnects between the decision support needs of the water quality and aquatic ecosystem management communities and the priorities and capabilities of the global change science data and modeling communities; (ii) to help to synthesize lessons learned from more detailed, place-based, system-based, or issue-based case studies; and (iii) to prioritize future work in developing adaptation strategies for global change impacts.
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Aquatic Ecosystems, Water Quality, and Global Change: Challenges of Conducting Multi-Stressor Global Change Vulnerability Assessments (EPA/600/R-11/011 F) (PDF,427 pp, 55478 KB, about PDF)
Record Details:Record Type: DOCUMENT (PUBLISHED REPORT/REPORT)
Organization:U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
NATIONAL CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE STAFF