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Wed Jan 15, 2020, 10:17 AM

Scientists contribute to major new report on climate change impact on UK coasts and seas

JANUARY 15, 2020
Scientists contribute to major new report on climate change impact on UK coasts and seas
by University of Liverpool

... This confirms findings reported at a global level by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in their Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate report last year, who reported climate change as having significant consequences on marine environments globally. More than 150 scientific experts from over 50 research organizations contributed to the report. Liverpool ocean scientists were responsible for four of the 26 peer-reviewed scientific reports form the basis of the publication.

Some key headlines from the MCCIP Report Card 2020 include:

There is clear evidence that warming seas, reduced oxygen, ocean acidification and sea-level rise are already affecting UK coasts and seas. Increasingly, these changes are having an impact on food webs, with effects seen in seabed-dwelling species, as well as plankton, fish, birds and mammals.

The upper range for the latest UK sea-level rise projections is higher than previous estimates, implying increased coastal-flood risk. The likelihood of combined effects from tidal flooding and extreme rainfall is increasing, which can greatly worsen flood impacts.

Oxygen concentrations in UK seas are projected to decline more than the global average, especially in the North Sea, with likely negative implications for marine species and habitats.
Fisheries productivity in some UK waters has been negatively impacted by ocean warming and historical overexploitation. This emphasizes the need for sustainable management of stocks that accounts for climate change impacts.


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