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Chapter 1: Introduction to the Great Barrier Reef and climate change

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Title: Chapter 1: Introduction to the Great Barrier Reef and climate change
Other Titles: Climate change and the Great Barrier Reef: a vulnerability assessment
Year of publication: 2007
Publisher: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the Australian Greenhouse Office
Townsville
Type of document: Book section or chapter
Abstract: The Great Barrier Reef is renowned internationally for its ecological importance and the beauty of its seascapes and landscapes. These natural values also provide important ecosystem services, which underpin Australian $6.9 billion worth of economic activity and incalculable social values. In combination, the social-ecological system centred on the reef is extraordinary in its importance, and in its complexity. Understanding the vulnerability of such a large and intricate system to climate change is a particularly difficult challenge. A first step in meeting this challenge is to describe the general characteristics of the system and the environment in which they interact. Toward this end, this chapter introduces the Great Barrier Reef and the human systems that interact with it, providing a context for the detailed chapters that follow.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11017/140
metadata.dc.relation.uri: http://hdl.handle.net/11017/137
ISBN: 9781876945619
Connection to GBRMPA: GBRMPA published this item
Rights: Copyright Commonwealth of Australia. Reproduction of this publication for educational or other non-commercial purposes is authorised without prior written permission from the copyright holder provided the source is fully acknowledged. Reproduction of this publication for resale or other commercial purposes is prohibited without prior written permission of the copyright holder. Individual chapters are copyright to the authors or their affiliate organisations. Unless otherwise noted, photographs are copyright GBRMPA.
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