Ecology of seagrass beds in SulawesidMultifunctional key habitats at the risk of destruction

Harald Asmus1, - and Dominik Kneer1, - and Claudia Pogoreutz2, - and Sven Blankenhorn1, - and Jamaluddin Jompa3, - and Nadiarti Nurdin3, - and Dody Priosambodo4, - Ecology of seagrass beds in SulawesidMultifunctional key habitats at the risk of destruction. Science for the Protection of Indonesian Coastal Ecosystems (SPICE).

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Indonesian seagrass communities are among the most diverse compared with those of other tropical or temperate regions. In this chapter, we describe some of the results of our research on seagrass beds in Sulawesi during the GermaneIndonesian Research Project “Science for the Protection of Indonesian Coastal Ecosystems” (SPICE) from 2004 to 2016. We studied aspects of the distribution and characteristics of these ecosystems within the Spermonde Archipelago, the role of keystone species and eco-engineers, their function as a habitat for fishes, their impact on carbon flow and storage as well as the threat they face due to anthropogenic activities. Our results contributed to these topics either by confirming known data or by originating new ideas on the interactions of seagrasses with animals and physical drivers. The alarming loss of seagrass beds globally is a serious threat for the function of our oceans as carbon sink. To save the seagrass beds, we suggest immediate measures at a regional level for the Spermonde Archipelago. We further recommend detailed research on the role seagrass ecosystems play within the complex interactions between land use and coastal changes.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: V Naval Science > VM Naval architecture. Shipbuilding. Marine engineering
Depositing User: - Andi Anna
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2022 01:17
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2022 01:17

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