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Linking social, ecological, and physical science to advance natural and nature-based protection for coastal communities

Linking social, ecological, and physical science to advance natural and nature-based protection for coastal communities
Linking social, ecological, and physical science to advance natural and nature-based protection for coastal communities
Interest in the role that ecosystems play in reducing the impacts of coastal hazards has grown dramatically. Yet the magnitude and nature of their effects are highly context dependent, making it difficult to know under what conditions coastal habitats, such as saltmarshes, reefs, and forests, are likely to be effective for saving lives and protecting property. We operationalize the concept of natural and nature-based solutions for coastal protection by adopting an ecosystem services framework that propagates the outcome of a management action through ecosystems to societal benefits. We review the literature on the basis of the steps in this framework, considering not only the supply of coastal protection provided by ecosystems but also the demand for protective services from beneficiaries. We recommend further attention to (1) biophysical processes beyond wave attenuation, (2) the combined effects of multiple habitat types (e.g., reefs, vegetation), (3) marginal values and expected damage functions, and, in particular, (4) community dependence on ecosystems for coastal protection and co-benefits. We apply our approach to two case studies to illustrate how estimates of multiple benefits and losses can inform restoration and development decisions. Finally, we discuss frontiers for linking social, ecological, and physical science to advance natural and nature-based solutions to coastal protection.
0077-8923
5-26
Arkema, Katie
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Griffin, Robert
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Maldonado, Sergio
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Silver, Jessica
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Suckale, Jenny
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Guerry, Anne
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Arkema, Katie
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Griffin, Robert
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Maldonado, Sergio
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Silver, Jessica
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Suckale, Jenny
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Guerry, Anne
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Arkema, Katie, Griffin, Robert, Maldonado, Sergio, Silver, Jessica, Suckale, Jenny and Guerry, Anne (2017) Linking social, ecological, and physical science to advance natural and nature-based protection for coastal communities. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1399, 5-26. (doi:10.1111/nyas.13322).

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Abstract

Interest in the role that ecosystems play in reducing the impacts of coastal hazards has grown dramatically. Yet the magnitude and nature of their effects are highly context dependent, making it difficult to know under what conditions coastal habitats, such as saltmarshes, reefs, and forests, are likely to be effective for saving lives and protecting property. We operationalize the concept of natural and nature-based solutions for coastal protection by adopting an ecosystem services framework that propagates the outcome of a management action through ecosystems to societal benefits. We review the literature on the basis of the steps in this framework, considering not only the supply of coastal protection provided by ecosystems but also the demand for protective services from beneficiaries. We recommend further attention to (1) biophysical processes beyond wave attenuation, (2) the combined effects of multiple habitat types (e.g., reefs, vegetation), (3) marginal values and expected damage functions, and, in particular, (4) community dependence on ecosystems for coastal protection and co-benefits. We apply our approach to two case studies to illustrate how estimates of multiple benefits and losses can inform restoration and development decisions. Finally, we discuss frontiers for linking social, ecological, and physical science to advance natural and nature-based solutions to coastal protection.

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Accepted/In Press date: 19 January 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 19 January 2017
Published date: July 2017
Additional Information: Special Issue: The Year in Ecology and Conservation Biology

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Local EPrints ID: 418323
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/418323
ISSN: 0077-8923
PURE UUID: ca998e55-4b08-4e51-bae6-d6965990e175

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Date deposited: 28 Feb 2018 17:30
Last modified: 26 Sep 2019 16:30

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