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Managing Seagrasses for Resilience to Climate Change

Mats Björk, Fred Short, Elizabeth Mcleod, and Sven Beer
Created: 12/31/2007 - Updated: 10/18/2018


Seagrasses are flowering plants that thrive in shallow oceanic and estuarine waters around the world. Although there are only about 60 species of seagrasses worldwide, these plants play an important role in many shallow, near-shore, marine ecosystems. There is growing evidence that seagrasses are declining globally because of anthropogenic impacts. This paper presents an overview of seagrasses, the impacts of climate change, and other threats to seagrass habitats. Finally, it proposes tools and strategies for managers to help support seagrass resilience.

Published On

Tuesday, January 1, 2008


Sector Addressed: 
Conservation / Restoration
Development (socioeconomic)
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Oxygen concentrations (hypoxia)
Sea level rise
Water temperature
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Enhance migration corridors and other connectivity measures
Create new refugia / Increase size and amount of protected areas
Reduce non-climate stressors
Capacity Building
Increase / Improve public awareness, education, and outreach efforts
Monitor climate change impacts and adaptation efficacy
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Taxonomic Focus: 
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