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Varied and far-reaching climate change impacts on UK coasts and seas

News Item 2020

Image of the MCCIP Report Card 2020In the wake of the newly declared climate emergency, a major new publication by the Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) highlights the current and future impacts of climate change on UK seas and dependent industries and society. The MCCIP 2020 Report Card is now available on the MCCIP website

The 2020 Report Card shows that climate impacts for UK coasts and seas are varied and far-reaching, from effects on sea temperatures, oxygen levels and ocean pH, through to shifting species distributions and impacts on habitats, as well as social and economic impacts including risks to cultural heritage sites, potential implications for human health, and likely increases in future coastal flooding. It collates important new evidence which highlights how climate change has already affected UK coasts and sea, and the ways it will continue to do so in the coming decades. This information is crucial to not only help develop adaptation measures and management actions to support vulnerable marine life and habitats, but also to help UK industries and wider society prepare for and adapt to these far-reaching marine climate impacts.

JNCC staff were among more than 150 scientists from over 50 leading research organisations who have contributed to the 2020 Report Card. The Report Card summarises information from 26 individual, peer-reviewed scientific reports commissioned by MCCIP, providing detailed evidence of observed and projected climate-change impacts which highlight emerging issues and knowledge gaps. JNCC led the Seabirds Science Review and co-authored the Deep-Sea Habitats Science Review.

 

MCCIP logoThe Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) is a partnership between scientists, government, its agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and industry. The principal aim is to provide a co-ordinating framework for the UK, to be able to transfer high quality evidence on marine climate change impacts, and guidance on adaptation and related advice, to policy advisers and decision-makers.

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