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Special Issue "Effects of Human Disturbances and Climate Forcing on Marine Vegetation"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2018).
Interests: ecology; functional roles and ecosystem services provided by marine vegetated ecosystems; responses of marine vegetation to global and local pressures; carbon and nutrient cycling in the coastal zone; marine vegetation indicators of ecosystem status and change
Marine vegetated ecosystems, such as seagrass meadows, saltmarshes, macroalgae communities, and mangrove forests are hot spots of coastal productivity and biodiversity and play important functional roles in the coastal ocean. While these ecosystems only cover a narrow belt around the global coastline, their role in the ocean carbon budget is disproportionately large, as they, like terrestrial forests, contribute markedly to carbon sequestration. In addition to this role in climate change mitigation, they also contribute to climate change adaption by, e.g., constituting natural coastal protection units attenuating wave energy and raising the sea floor. However, these marine forests are experiencing global declines due to the high level of human pressure on the coastlines and, to some extent, interacting effects of climate forcing. For example, excessive warming can lead to mortality of seagrass meadows and kelp forests thereby potentially enhancing the negative effects of coastal eutrophication and overfishing on these ecosystems. However, large gaps remain in our understanding of the interacting effects of different forcing factors on marine vegetated ecosystems, the extent to which vegetated ecosystems can buffer such forcing, and how such interactions may vary across the geographical distribution ranges of these key ecosystems. With this Special Issue, we provide a platform to advance the understanding of the combined effect of human disturbances and climate forcing on marine vegetated ecosystems and possible managerial strategies to maintain healthy marine vegetated ecosystems in a changing climate.
Dr. Dorte Krause-Jensen
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- Seagrass meadows
- Salt marsh
- Kelp forests
- Climate change
- Interacting pressures
- Buffer mechanisms, resilience