Title: Assessing consequences of land cover changes on sediment deliveries to coastal waters at regional level over the last two decades in the northwestern Mediterranean Sea
Authors: MATEOS-MOLINA DanielPALMA MarcoRUIZ-VALENTIN IdelfonsoPANAGOS PanagiotisGARCIA-CHARTON Jose AntonioPONTI Massimo
Citation: OCEAN & COASTAL MANAGEMENT vol. 116 p. 435-442
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC96098
ISSN: 0964-5691
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0964569115300211
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC96098
DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2015.09.003
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Human-induced changes to land cover and associated strong influence such changes have on sediment delivery to coastal waters are a well-recognized threat to nearshore marine habitats worldwide. Land cover has been commonly used as a proxy to document human alterations on sediment discharges. In the present study, changes in sediment delivery to coastal waters along the coastline of the Ligurian Sea (northwestern Mediterranean Sea) were estimated on the basis of land cover data. This area includes benthic habitats-areas that are very sensitive to water turbidity and sedimentation increase -and warrant protection demonstrated by the establishment of five marine Sites of Community Importance and a Marine Protected Area (Portofino MPA). The principal objectives of the study were to identify changes in soil erosion in multiple basins and estimate the strength of the change over a defined period of time in sediment delivery at the outflow. A combination of Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE) model and sediment delivery ratio (SDR) was applied. The strongest changes happened individually in two different basins in the periods 1990e2000 and 2006e2012 meanwhile the period 2000e2006 showed several changes in several basins with less estimated change. This assessment can help to make better coastal-land management decisions for managing or restoring coastal marine ecosystems.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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