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A decade of science collaboration highlights impact of climate change on UK seas and coasts

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Bringing together ten years of scientific research and the contributions of 400 scientists the latest Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) report summarises the wide ranging impacts and their potential future effects in a series of key findings, including: 

  • An underlying long-term warming trend, despite year-to-year fluctuations.

  • Marine species are being affected by climate change, with some warm water species becoming more common; cold water intertidal species have decreased in abundance.

  • Some species of seabirds are being impacted by climate change, through temperature rises and more stormy weather, and have uncertain futures.

  • Ocean acidification may be taking place faster in UK seas than in the wider north Atlantic, with negative impacts on shellfish growth and harvesting expected to be negative.

  • Sea level rise has led to more frequent high-water events on the coast, but improved defences, forecasting, planning and warnings have prevented a corresponding increase in coastal flooding.

For more information and access to the MCCIP Report Card please visit: www.mccip.org.uk/arc10.

Plymouth Marine Laboratory Scientists, Dr Tim Smyth and Dr Carol Turley, OBE, were among the scientists contributing to the 2017 MCCIP Report Card: “Marine climate change impacts – 10 years’ experience of science to policy reporting.”

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