Socio-economic impacts of ocean acidification in the Mediterranean Sea

Luís C. Rodrigues, Jeroen C.J.M. van den Bergh, Andrea Ghermandi

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Ocean acidification appears as another environmental pressure associated with anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide. This paper aims to assess the likely magnitude of this phenomenon in the Mediterranean region. This involves translating expected changes in ocean chemistry into impacts, first on marine and coastal ecosystems and then, through effects on services provided by these to humans, into socio-economic costs. Economic market and non-market valuation techniques are needed for this purpose. Important sectors affected are tourism and recreation, red coral extraction, and fisheries (both capture and aquaculture production). In addition, the costs associated with the disruption of ecosystem regulating services, notably carbon sequestration and non-use values will be considered. Finally, indirect impacts on other economic sectors will have to be estimated. The paper discusses the framework and methods to accomplish all of this, and offers a preliminary, qualitative overall assessment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)447-456
Number of pages10
JournalMarine Policy
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2013

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study is part of the “European Mediterranean Sea Acidification in a changing climate” (MedSeA), project, funded by the European Commission under Framework Program 7. For more information about the MedSeA project consult the webpage: .

Publisher Copyright:
© 2012 Elsevier Ltd.


  • Climate change
  • Economic valuation
  • Ecosystem services
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • Ocean acidification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • Environmental Science (all)
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Law


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