LUCSUS’ Research to Feature in Science for Environment Policy
LUCSUS’ researcher Torsten Krause reflects on why the study about ocean acidification - of which he is a co-author - was selected to feature in an article in Science for Environment Policy.
Science for Environment Policy is a new service published by the European Commission's Environment Directorate-General, and is sent out to over 20,000 policymakers, academics and business people across Europe to assist in the development of effective, evidence-based policies. It features news about environmental research that has been specially selected by a group of independent scientific advisors – and aims to give readers a unique insight into the vital scientific issues relevant to current EU environmental policy.
Why do you think your study was selected?
Because it raises and analyses an important global challenge that is very relevant for the European Union with regards to one of the many impacts of climate change. Our study shows that ocean acidification is not just an environmental issue, but also an economic problem, and ultimately a social problem. And, compared to many other changes that are, or will be, the result of climate change, ocean acidification has tremendous repercussions - and adaptation will be a major challenge.
What will the publication mean for the research area itself?
I think the study highlights that research in this area will become increasingly more interdisciplinary - in the sense that the social and economic impacts of something that is at first glance an ecological change will become more studied. This could potentially contribute to the increasing body of research and evidence highlighting that the cost of climate change (economically speaking) are very likely far greater than anyone anticipates, not speaking of the social and environmental costs of course.
What do you hope will come out of the publication?
I would like to see an increased awareness amongst policy makers with regards to the EU commitment towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions. And, in times where the U.S. administration seems to move backwards, it is even more important that the EU shows its commitment to climate change mitigation.
In addition, I would like those who are in charge of marine and fishing policies to realise that there are factors beyond their control that they need to account for in the future in order to manage fishing resources more sustainable, and with a long-term perspective in mind. This might lead to direct implications with regards to quotas, marine reserves and also reducing other stressors for certain species (other forms of pollution, overfishing, etc.).
The paper, Fishing in acid waters: A vulnerability assessment of the Norwegian fishing industry in the face of increasing ocean acidification, was written by Luise Heinrich and Torsten Krause and is available in Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management.