Luís Campos (ENT) has participated in a new study about the impact of sea warming and acidification on scuba diving at Medes Islands (Spain)
Ocean acidification and sea warming could harm unique Mediterranean habitats and species which are associated with important recreational ecosystem services. Luís Campos Rodrigues (ENT; ICTA/UAB) is the leading author of a study developed in the context of the European Union Project MedSeA (http://medsea-project.eu/). The study aimed at estimating recreational costs associated with a potential degradation of gorgonians communities and the higher abundance of stinging jellyfish at scuba diving areas. For that purpose, a Choice Experiment was developed for scuba divers at the Marine Protected Area of Medes Islands (Catalonia; NW Mediterranean). Estimates of welfare values include a cost of €60/dive for a scenario involving a local extinction of gorgonians, followed by a cost of €26/dive associated with a potential abundance of stinging jellyfish species.
Rodrigues LC, van den Bergh JCJM, Loureiro M, Nunes P, Rossi S (2015) The cost of Mediterranean sea warming and acidification: a choice experiment among Scuba Divers at Medes Islands, Spain. Environ Res Econ. doi:10.1007/s10640-015-9935-8