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Authors de la Hoz, CF; Ramos, E; Puente, A; Mendez, F; Menendez, M; Juanes, JA; Losada, IJ
Author Full Name de la Hoz, Camino F.; Ramos, Elvira; Puente, Araceli; Mendez, Fernando; Menendez, Melisa; Juanes, Jose A.; Losada, Inigo J.
Title Ecological typologies of large areas. An application in the Mediterranean Sea
Source JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
Language English
Document Type Article
Author Keywords Meteo-oceanographic variables; Seagrasses; Environmental management; Regions; SOM; K-means
Keywords Plus COASTAL WATERS CLASSIFICATION; SEAGRASS POSIDONIA-OCEANICA; SELF-ORGANIZING MAPS; GROWTH DYNAMICS; NE ATLANTIC; MARINE BIODIVERSITY; CLIMATE VARIABILITY; CYMODOCEA-NODOSA; BASKING SHARK; AEGEAN SEA
Abstract One approach to identifying and mapping the state of marine biophysical conditions is the identification of large-scale ecological units for which conditions are similar and the strategies of management may also be similar. Because biological processes are difficult to directly record over large areas, abiotic characteristics are used as surrogate parameters. In this work, the Mediterranean Sea was classified into homogeneous spatial areas based on abiotic variables. Eight parameters were selected based on salinity, sea surface temperature, photosynthetically active radiation, sea-wave heights and depth variables. The parameters were gathered in grid points of 0.5 spatial resolution in the open sea and 0.125 in coastal areas. The typologies were obtained by data mining the eight parameters throughout the Mediterranean and combining two clustering techniques: self-organizing maps and the k-means algorithm. The result is a division of the Mediterranean Sea into seven typologies. For these typologies, the classification recognizes differences in temperature, salinity and radiation. In addition, it separates coastal from deep areas. The influence of river discharges and the entrance of water from other seas are also reflected. These results are consistent with the ecological requirements of the five studied seagrasses (Posidonia oceanica, Zostera marina, Zostera noltei, Cymodocea nodosa, Halophila stipulacea), supporting the suitability of the resulting classification and the proposed methodology. The approach thus provides a tool for the sustainable management of large marine areas and the ability to address not only present threats but also future conditions, such as climate change. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Author Address [de la Hoz, Camino F.; Ramos, Elvira; Puente, Araceli; Menendez, Melisa; Juanes, Jose A.; Losada, Inigo J.] Univ Cantabria, Environm Hydraul Inst, Avda Isabel Torres 15,Parque Cientif & Tecnol, Santander 39011, Spain; [Mendez, Fernando] Univ Cantabria, Dept Ciencias & Tecn Agua & Medio Ambiente, Santander, Spain
Reprint Address Puente, A (reprint author), Univ Cantabria, Environm Hydraul Inst, Avda Isabel Torres 15,Parque Cientif & Tecnol, Santander 39011, Spain.
E-mail Address puentea@unican.es
ResearcherID Number Puente, Araceli/H-3163-2015; Menendez, Melisa/L-4600-2014; JUANES, JOSE/O-2578-2013
ORCID Number Puente, Araceli/0000-0001-7627-4743; Menendez, Melisa/0000-0002-5168-257X; JUANES, JOSE/0000-0003-1825-2858; Fernandez de la Hoz, Camino/0000-0003-2154-7390
Funding Agency and Grant Number National Plan for Research in Science and Technological Innovation from the Spanish Government (Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness) [CTM2015-68244-R]; European Regional Development's funds (FEDER); Ramon y Cajal Program [RYC-2014-16469]; Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness [BES-2016-076434]
Funding Text This research is included in the framework of the CoCoNET project (Towards COast to COast NETworks of marine protected areas (from the shore to the high and deep sea), coupled with sea based wind energy potential) and is funded by the National Plan for Research in Science and Technological Innovation from the Spanish Government 2013-2016 (Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness) (ON project CTM2015-68244-R) and co-financed by the European Regional Development's funds (FEDER). Melisa Menendez acknowledges financial support from the Ramon y Cajal Program (RYC-2014-16469). Camino F. de la Hoz acknowledges financial support in the form of a predoctoral grant (Ref: BES-2016-076434) from the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness. We also thank the anonymous reviewers for their comments and suggestions.
Cited Reference Count 123
Times Cited 2
Total Times Cited Count (WoS, BCI, and CSCD) 2
Publisher ACADEMIC PRESS LTD- ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
Publisher City LONDON
Publisher Address 24-28 OVAL RD, LONDON NW1 7DX, ENGLAND
ISSN 0301-4797
29-Character Source Abbreviation J ENVIRON MANAGE
ISO Source Abbreviation J. Environ. Manage.
Publication Date JAN 1
Year Published 2018
Volume 205
Beginning Page 59
Ending Page 72
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) 10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.09.058
Page Count 14
Web of Science Category Environmental Sciences
Subject Category Environmental Sciences & Ecology
Document Delivery Number FN1WJ
Unique Article Identifier WOS:000415781600007
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