Strategic environmental assessment and monitoring: Arctic key gaps and bridging pathways
2013 (English)In: Environmental Research Letters, ISSN 1748-9326, Vol. 8, no 4, 044033- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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 tothe 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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 8, no 4, 044033- p.
Arctic, strategic environmental assessment, hydroclimatic change, climate change
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-136076DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/8/4/044033ISI: 000329604900040ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84891934551OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-136076DiVA: diva2:670497
FunderStandUpSwedish Research Council, 2007-8393
QC 201402072013-12-032013-12-032015-05-25Bibliographically approved