Navigation Links
Marine protected areas: changing climate could require change of plans
Date:2/16/2012

This press release is available in French.

Vancouver, B.C. -- Marine protected areas (MPAs) may turn out to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. As a result of changing conditions, marine species have been on the move with observed shifts of as much as three kilometres per year over the past 50 years, and forecasts of shifts of as much as 300 kilometres in the coming 50 years.

Decisions on where to put MPAs weren't always made with a changing climate in mind. That has researchers asking how these areasmeant to protect biodiversitycan stand the test of time.

Static MPAs, or limited areas, may not work as ocean conditions change and as species shift their distribution in response to climate change. These changes will require our design and management of these ecologically rich zones to be more flexible, and will require greater collaboration and foresight.

At this week's meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Vancouver, Brad deYoung of Memorial University of Newfoundland will present a review of technological advances in ocean modelling and observing, and show how integration of these new tools and greater collaboration will make MPAs more effective today and in the future.

"While climate change adds to the uncertainty regarding the necessary design and the possible effectiveness of marine protected areas, none of this uncertainty offers real justification for inaction," says deYoung. "Our knowledge, although imperfect, is certainly sufficient to design effective marine protected areas. New modelling and observational tools add substantially to our ocean toolkit."

The AAAS symposium Designing Marine Protected Area Networks Within Changing Global Climate Conditions will take place on Friday, February 17, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m., in Room 116 117 of the Vancouver Convention Centre West Building.

The topic will be the subject of a special AAAS news briefing for media in Vancouver on Thursday, February 16 at 9:00 a.m. (PST).


'/>"/>
Contact: Brad deYoung
bdeyoung@mun.ca
709-690-3318
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Effects of anthropogenic sound on marine mammals -- a research strategy
2. The Marine Mammal Center begins new leptospirosis study in California
3. Scientists announce major progress towards historic Census of Marine Life in 2010
4. Marine invasive species advance 50km per decade, World Conference on Marine Biodiversity told
5. Marine invasive species advance 50 km per decade, World Conference on Marine Biodiversity told
6. Snowy owl -- a marine species?
7. Ocean acidification could have broad effects on marine ecosystems
8. Fish guts explain marine carbon cycle mystery
9. TXOTX, coordinated international project to contribute to sustainability of the marine resources
10. Census of Marine Life and ocean in Google Earth bring ocean information to life
11. New version of Google Earth features Californias marine protected areas
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/19/2017)... 2017 The global military biometrics ... marked by the presence of several large global players. ... five major players - 3M Cogent, NEC Corporation, M2SYS ... nearly 61% of the global military biometric market in ... global military biometrics market boast global presence, which has ...
(Date:4/17/2017)... NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTD ) ("NXT-ID" ... its 2016 Annual Report on Form 10-K on Thursday April 13, ... ... the Investor Relations section of the Company,s website at http://www.nxt-id.com ... http://www.sec.gov . 2016 Year Highlights: ...
(Date:4/13/2017)... India , April 13, 2017 According to ... Proofing, Identity Authentication, Identity Analytics, Identity Administration, and Authorization), Service, Authentication Type, ... MarketsandMarkets™, the IAM Market is expected to grow from USD 14.30 Billion ... Growth Rate (CAGR) of 17.3%. ... MarketsandMarkets ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:4/26/2017)... SC (PRWEB) , ... April 26, 2017 , ... ... mind, has teamed up with NASA to showcase the future of deep space ... Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft and includes a guest appearance by ...
(Date:4/26/2017)... ... April 26, 2017 , ... ... drive high-level conversations among healthcare industry stakeholders, the discussion surrounding the topic will ... place May 15-18, 2017 in Los Angeles, Calif. Hosted by the Workgroup for ...
(Date:4/25/2017)... April 25, 2017 Providence ... licensed its novel immune-modulating technology to an undisclosed global ... allergy. Tregitopes, pronounced T·rej·itopes, are a ... by EpiVax CEO Annie De Groot ... immunoglobulin G, an autoimmune disease therapy, Tregitopes are ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... YORK , April 24, 2017  Dante Labs announced ... at only EUR 850 (ca. $900). While American individuals have ... the first time Europeans can access WGS below EUR 1,000. ... are crucial to leveraging genetic information to make informed decisions ... ...
Breaking Biology Technology: