Exploring variability in environmental impact risk from human activities across aquatic ecosystems

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dc.contributor.author Borgwardt, Florian
dc.contributor.author Robinson, Leonie
dc.contributor.author Trauner, Daniel
dc.contributor.author Teixeira, Heliana
dc.contributor.author Nogueira, António J. A.
dc.contributor.author Lillebø, Ana I.
dc.contributor.author Piet, Gerjan
dc.contributor.author Kuemmerlen, Mathias
dc.contributor.author O'Higgins, Tim
dc.contributor.author McDonald, Hugh
dc.contributor.author Arevalo-Torres, Juan
dc.contributor.author Barbosa, Ana Luisa
dc.contributor.author Iglesias-Campos, Alejandro
dc.contributor.author Hein, Thomas
dc.contributor.author Culhane, Fiona
dc.date.accessioned 2019-07-17T12:01:42Z
dc.date.available 2019-07-17T12:01:42Z
dc.date.issued 2019-02-20
dc.identifier.citation Borgwardt, F., Robinson, L., Trauner, D., Teixeira, H., Nogueira, A.J., Lillebø, A.I., Piet, G., Kuemmerlen, M., O'Higgins, T., McDonald, H. and Arevalo-Torres, J., 2019. Exploring variability in environmental impact risk from human activities across aquatic ecosystems. Science of the Total Environment, 652. (13pp). DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.10.339 en
dc.identifier.volume 652 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1396 en
dc.identifier.endpage 1408 en
dc.identifier.issn 0048-9697
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/8192
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.10.339 en
dc.description.abstract Aquatic ecosystems are under severe pressure. Human activities introduce an array of pressures that impact ecosystems and their components. In this study we focus on the aquatic domains of fresh, coastal and marine waters, including rivers, lakes and riparian habitats to transitional, coastal as well as shelf and oceanic habitats. In an environmental risk assessment approach, we identified impact chains that link 45 human activities through 31 pressures to 82 ecosystem components. In this linkage framework >22,000 activity-pressure-ecosystem component interactions were found across seven European case studies. We identified the environmental impact risk posed by each impact chain by first categorically weighting the interactions according to five criteria: spatial extent, dispersal potential, frequency of interaction, persistence of pressure and severity of the interaction, where extent, dispersal, frequency and persistence account for the exposure to risk (spatial and temporal), and the severity accounts for the consequence of the risk. After assigning a numerical score to each risk criterion, we came up with an overall environmental impact risk score for each impact chain. This risk score was analysed in terms of (1) the activities and pressures that introduce the greatest risk to European aquatic domains, and (2) the aquatic ecosystem components and realms that are at greatest risk from human activities. Activities related to energy production were relevant across the aquatic domains. Fishing was highly relevant in marine and environmental engineering in fresh waters. Chemical and physical pressures introduced the greatest risk to the aquatic realms. Ecosystem components that can be seen as ecotones between different ecosystems had high impact risk. We show how this information can be used in informing management on trade-offs in freshwater, coastal and marine resource use and aid decision-making. en
dc.description.sponsorship FEDER (007638); POCI (01-0145); Ministério da Educação e Ciência (PIDDAC); Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (PIDDAC); Federación Española de Enfermedades Raras (PT2020 Partnership Agreement; Compete 2020) en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier B.V. en
dc.relation.uri https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969718342396?via%3Dihub
dc.rights © 2018 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ en
dc.subject Aquatic ecosystems en
dc.subject Freshwater en
dc.subject Marine en
dc.subject Coastal en
dc.subject Biodiversity en
dc.subject Drivers en
dc.subject Pressures en
dc.subject Stressors en
dc.subject Biota en
dc.title Exploring variability in environmental impact risk from human activities across aquatic ecosystems en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Tim O'Higgins, Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: tim.ohiggins@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.contributor.funder European Commission en
dc.contributor.funder Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia en
dc.contributor.funder Federación Española de Enfermedades Raras en
dc.contributor.funder Ministério da Educação e Ciência en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Science of the Total Environment en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress tim.ohiggins@ucc.ie en
dc.relation.project info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020::RIA/642317/EU/Knowledge, Assessment, and Management for AQUAtic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services aCROSS EU policies (AQUACROSS)/AQUACROSS en
dc.relation.project info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FCT/5876/147273/PT/Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies/UID/AMB/50017/2013 en
dc.identifier.eissn 1879-1026


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