International team studies climate change’s mangrove effects [fr]
A multidisciplinary team’s research on how rising CO2 levels, temperatures and sea levels affect mangrove ecosystems is the subject of a new documentary video.
New Zealand, French, Australian and American researchers from the Mana’o project, which received support from the Pacific Fund, travelled to New Caledonia’s Ouvéa Atoll to study an exceptional mangrove forest.
As NIWA researcher Andrew Swales explains, "one of the key things we want to know is whether a system like this can keep up with sea level rise as sea level is starting to accelerate."
"The mangrove forests and other wetland communites such as salt marsh...have to keep pace with that increase in sea level to sustain themselves in the long term."
Represented on 75 % of tropical coastlines, mainly in emerging countries, mangrove ecosystems play an important ecological, sociological and, especially, economic role for coastal populations.
The project includes researchers from New Zealand’s National Institute for Water and Atmospheric research(NIWA, New Zealand), France’s Institut de Recherche pour le Développement(IRD-France) and the South Pacific integrated observatory for the environment, terrestrial and marine biodiversity (GOPS, New Caledonia).