Human Activities, Pressures and Impacts Steering Group



HAPISGHAPISGTrueAndrew KennySCICOM-ACOMandrew.kenny@cefas.gov.ukHuman Activities, Pressures and Impacts Steering Group

Understanding the relationship between human activities and marine ecosystems

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Human Activities, Pressures, and Impacts Steering Group is responsible for guiding and supporting Expert Groups that seek to describe the diversity of pressures affecting marine ecosystems and the impacts that follow.

Topics covered include:

  • describing and projecting trends in human pressures and impacts on marine ecosystems, including analysis of historical change
  • understanding and quantifying multiple impacts of human activity on populations and ecosystems, and proposing options for mitgation
  • prevalence and effects of contaminants, invasive species, shipping, noise, renewable energy, fishing, climate, acidification and habitat loss
  • estimating the vulnerability of marine ecosystems to pressures and impacts, including risk assessment and identification of limits and thresholds
  • developing indicators of pressure and impact and testing their role in management systems
  • assessing human impacts on ecosystem goods and services and developing approaches to mitigate undesirable impacts
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