Publication of Matteo Lattuada

Our PRIDE researcher Matteo Lattuada has just published an article in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin, May 2019. Differential impact of anthropogenic pressures on Caspian Sea ecoregions. This is an article by Matteo Lattuada, Christian Albrecht and Thomas Wilke of the University of Giessen, Germany.

You can find the preprint here.

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Over the past decades, overall ecological conditions in the Caspian Sea have deteriorated. However, a comprehensive
understanding of lake-wide spatial differences in anthropogenic pressures is lacking and the biological
consequences of human impacts are poorly understood. This paper therefore aims at assessing the individual and
combined effects of critical anthropogenic pressures on the Caspian Sea ecoregions. First, cumulative pressure
scores were calculated with a cumulative environmental assessment (CEA) analysis. Then, the individual contribution
of anthropogenic pressures was quantified. Finally, ecoregion-specific differences were assessed. The
analyses show that both cumulative and individual pressure scores are unevenly distributed across the Caspian
Sea. The most important individual pressures are invasive species, chemical pollution and poaching. This uneven
distribution of pressure scores across Caspian Sea ecoregions creates new challenges for future conservation
strategies, as different ecoregions usually require different conservation measures.