Managing local stressors to enhance the resilience of estuarine ecosystems to climate stressors
Worldwide estuaries are a location subject to increasing population pressures. However they will also be subject to increasing climate change pressures. Module-5 details how these two forces interact and how the local stressors on an estuarine ecosystem can influence the way it responds to climate change. Understanding how developmental and climate change stressors interact will help identify local management actions and minimise ecosystem impacts.
Module-5 addresses the following questions:
- What are the local stressors operating within our estuaries that act synergistically with climate stressors?
- When and where are negative interactions between local and climate stressors greatest along the coast?
- How might local stressors be managed to enhance the resilience of estuarine ecosystems to climate stressors?