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Strategic environmental assessment and monitoring:  Arctic key gaps and bridging pathways
KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology. (Hydrology)
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology.
2013 (English)In: Environmental Research Letters, ISSN 1748-9326, Vol. 8, 044033- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Arctic region undergoes rapid and unprecedented environmental change. Environmental assessment and monitoring is needed to understand and decide how to mitigate and/or adapt to the changes and their impacts on society and ecosystems. This letter analyzes the application of strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and the monitoring, based on environmental observations, that should be part of SEA, elucidates main gaps in both, and proposes an overarching SEA framework to systematically link and improve both with focus on the rapidly changing Arctic region. Shortcomings in the monitoring of environmental change are concretized by examples of main gaps in the observations of Arctic hydroclimatic changes. For relevant identification and efficient reduction of such gaps and remaining uncertainties under typical conditions of limited monitoring resources, the proposed overarching framework for SEA application includes components for explicit gap/uncertainty handling and monitoring, systematically integrated within all steps of the SEA process. The framework further links to adaptive governance, which should explicitly consider key knowledge and information gaps that are identified through and must be handled in the SEA process, and accordingly (re)formulate and promote necessary new or modified monitoring objectives for bridging these gaps. 

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2013. Vol. 8, 044033- p.
Keyword [en]
Arctic, strategic environmental assessment, hydroclimatic change, climate change, environmental change, environmental observation, monitoring, adaptive governance, adaptation, monitoring gaps, uncertainty
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Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-97530ISI: 000329604900040OAI: diva2:678737
Swedish Research Council, 2007-8393A multiscale, cross‐disciplinary approach to the study of climate change effect on ecosystem services and biodiversity
Available from: 2013-12-12 Created: 2013-12-12 Last updated: 2014-02-10Bibliographically approved

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