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Mar Biol. 2013;160(8):1773-1787. Epub 2012 Aug 21.

Towards improved socio-economic assessments of ocean acidification's impacts.

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1
Centre Scientifique de Monaco, Avenue Saint-Martin, 98000 Monaco, Principality of Monaco ; IAEA EL, 4, Quai Antoine 1er, 98000 Monaco, Principality of Monaco ; LEA CSM-CNRS 647 'Biosensib', Monaco, Principality of Monaco.
2
Centre Scientifique de Monaco, Avenue Saint-Martin, 98000 Monaco, Principality of Monaco ; LEA CSM-CNRS 647 'Biosensib', Monaco, Principality of Monaco.
3
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, The Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences, Kristineberg, University of Gothenburg, 45178 Fiskebäckskil, Sweden.
4
IPAG Lab, Nice, France.
5
Fisheries Policy Division, OECD, Paris, France.
6
The Mediterranean Science Commission, CIESM, Monaco, Principality of Monaco.
7
National Center for Environmental Economics, US Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC USA.
8
Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Prospect Place, The Hoe, Plymouth, PL1 3DH UK.
9
Centre Scientifique de Monaco, Avenue Saint-Martin, 98000 Monaco, Principality of Monaco.
10
Plymouth University, Drake's Circus, PL4 8AA UK.
11
Bar Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel.
12
C3, Faculty of Science, School of the Environment, University of Technology, Sydney, NSW Australia.
13
Laboratoire Des Sciences Du Climat et de l'Environnement CEA-CNRS-UVSQ, Gif-sur-Yvette, France.
14
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Townsville, QLD 4811 Australia ; School of Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD 4811 Australia.
15
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA USA.

Abstract

Ocean acidification is increasingly recognized as a component of global change that could have a wide range of impacts on marine organisms, the ecosystems they live in, and the goods and services they provide humankind. Assessment of these potential socio-economic impacts requires integrated efforts between biologists, chemists, oceanographers, economists and social scientists. But because ocean acidification is a new research area, significant knowledge gaps are preventing economists from estimating its welfare impacts. For instance, economic data on the impact of ocean acidification on significant markets such as fisheries, aquaculture and tourism are very limited (if not non-existent), and non-market valuation studies on this topic are not yet available. Our paper summarizes the current understanding of future OA impacts and sets out what further information is required for economists to assess socio-economic impacts of ocean acidification. Our aim is to provide clear directions for multidisciplinary collaborative research.

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