Pendleton on how mussels, clams hit by ocean acidification, forestalling effects
There's a growing understanding of the factors that contribute to ocean acidification in coastal areas and how shellfish respond. A new study looks at the risks to shellfish and identifies areas where livelihoods are most at risk.
The analysis represents the first national ocean-acidification vulnerability study that drills down to the county level to identify areas where livelihoods are most at risk, in addition to looking at the risks to the shellfish themselves, says Linwood Pendleton, an economist and senior scholar at Duke University's Ocean and Coastal Policy Program, and another member of the research team. The study also looks at physical, social, and political factors that contribute to the risk – which point toward potential adaptation approaches.