Climate change will impact not only terrestrial landscapes but also aquatic ecosystems. Often less visible and less accessible, aquatic ecosystems can be overlooked in wider biodiversity and climate change management. However, these aquatic ecosystems are often home to unique endemic populations and can be an indication of the broader health of water systems and surrounds.
This research addressed climate impacts on freshwater, estuarine and coastal ecosystems to support management, improve conservation plans and promote resilience.
New research on the impact and construction of sea walls also provides guidance on how to conserve and strengthen sandy beach ecosystems. These resources will aid in the management of wetland, estuary and coastal ecosystems, to adapt to climate change.
Heery et al (2017) Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology: Identifying the consequences of ocean sprawl for sedimentary habitats
Bush et al (2016) Freshwater Biology: Does dispersal capacity matter for freshwater biodiversity under climate change?
Priorities and Uncertainties of Predicted Impacts of Climate Change on Freshwater Biodiversity in NSW. Outline of the rationale and results of the analyses supporting the study, full descriptions of modelling methods, data sources and technical outcomes included in appendices.
Investigation of water regime thresholds, aquatic metabolism and microbial biodiversity in the Macquarie Marshes, a high conservation value aquatic ecosystem to inform ecosystem and water management under predicted changes to climate and hydrology in NSW and the Murray-Darling Basin in eastern Australia
Bishop et al (2017) Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 2017 Effects of ocean sprawl on ecological connectivity: impacts and solutions