Dose-response modeling has been widely used to document links between anthropogenic stressors and ecosystem attributes, and as a basis in the economic valuation of pollution damage. We review studies on the relation between anthropogenic stress factors and coral-reef attributes valuable in recreation, discuss the components of the economic value of coral reefs, and examine the potential use of dose-response functions in the economic valuation of coral-reef damage.
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Acknowledgements We are grateful to three anonymous reviewers for invaluable suggestions on the manuscript. We thank M. Hanemann and N. Hanley for ideas on the graphical presentation of economic concepts. Financial support was provided by a President’s and Dean’s Scholarship from Bar-Ilan University to J.W. and by the Red Sea Marine Peace Park Program.
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- Aquatic Science