Towards improved socio-economic assessments of ocean acidification's impacts

Nathalie Hilmi*, Denis Allemand, Sam Dupont, Alain Safa, Gunnar Haraldsson, Paulo A.L.D. Nunes, Chris Moore, Caroline Hattam, Stéphanie Reynaud, Jason M. Hall-Spencer, Maoz Fine, Carol Turley, Ross Jeffree, James Orr, Philip L. Munday, Sarah R. Cooley

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Ocean acidification is increasingly recognized as a component of global change that could have a wide range of impacts on marine organisms, the ecosystems they live in, and the goods and services they provide humankind. Assessment of these potential socio-economic impacts requires integrated efforts between biologists, chemists, oceanographers, economists and social scientists. But because ocean acidification is a new research area, significant knowledge gaps are preventing economists from estimating its welfare impacts. For instance, economic data on the impact of ocean acidification on significant markets such as fisheries, aquaculture and tourism are very limited (if not non-existent), and non-market valuation studies on this topic are not yet available. Our paper summarizes the current understanding of future OA impacts and sets out what further information is required for economists to assess socio-economic impacts of ocean acidification. Our aim is to provide clear directions for multidisciplinary collaborative research.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1773-1787
Number of pages15
JournalMarine Biology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Acknowledgments This review paper was initiated following an international workshop jointly organized by the Centre Scientifique de Monaco and the International Atomic Energy Agency and funded by the Monegasque Government, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing, the Institut océanographique—Fonda-tion Albert Ier, Prince de Monaco and the IAEA ‘‘Peaceful Uses Initiative’’ (PUI) programme funded by the US State Department. The participants of the workshop have contributed to the ‘‘Policy recommendations brochure’’: informations/2011_12_recommandations.php. This study was conducted as part of the Centre Scientifique de Monaco research programme, funded by the Government of the Principality of Monaco. The International Atomic Energy Agency is grateful to the Government of the Principality of Monaco for the support provided to its Environment Laboratories. The authors are grateful to three anonymous reviewers, whose detailed, thoughtful comments significantly improved this paper.


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