PACPATH objective is to develop a common vision for transdisciplinary research on ocean sustainability in the complex, multi-scaled and multi-level social-ecological systems of the large ocean states of the South Pacific, Fiji and New Caledonia
The PACPATH Science-Society Council (SSC) decided on three topical working priorities along with consequences on ecosystems and inhabitants:
Sea level rise, combine with wave climate, tropical cyclones and other oceanic events, as well as land subsidence and local land and coast transformations, can lead to coastal erosion with major damage to infrastructures, livelihood and cultural assets. Similarly, marine heat waves, ocean acidification and deoxygenation impact corals, fish and other marine ecosystems with major downstream consequences that include economy, food security and health. All effects and consequences are projected to increase substantially in amplitude and frequency with climate change, reaching thresholds that exceed those of living organisms or infrastructure resistance. Adaptation in unavoidable and it is essential to build a broad and common vision with an integrative ensemble of aspects and long term objectives: the “sustainability pathways”.
Other SDG targets, eg, reducing marine pollution and improving marine conservation will integrate the comprehensive analysis under the co-benefits to alleviate the impacts of climate change.