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Does divergence of nutrient load measurements matter for successful mitigation of marine eutrophication?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology.
2012 (English)In: Ambio, ISSN 0044-7447, Vol. 41, no 2, 151-160 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Successful implementation of an international nutrient abatement agreement, such as the Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP), requires consistent understanding of the baseline nutrient loads, and a perception of acceptable costs and fairness in targeted reductions of these base line loads. This article presents a general framework for identifying the implications of divergence between different nutrient load quantification approaches, with regard to both cost and fairness criteria outcomes, for the international agreement to decrease nutrient loads into the Baltic Sea as presented in the BSAP. The results indicate that even relatively small divergence in the nutrient load quantification translates into relatively large differences in abatement cost for different Baltic Sea countries. A robust result, irrespective of differences in nutrient load assessments, is a conflict between abatement cost effectiveness and fairness, with relatively poor countries facing heavy abatement cost burdens for cost-effective international load abatement.

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2012. Vol. 41, no 2, 151-160 p.
Keyword [en]
Nutrient measurement divergences, Eutrophication, Cost effectiveness, Fairness, Baltic Sea
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Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-80150DOI: 10.1007/s13280-011-0182-0ISI: 000303464700004OAI: diva2:552957


Available from: 2012-09-17 Created: 2012-09-12 Last updated: 2012-09-17Bibliographically approved

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