Protecting our marine habitats and species helps them adapt to climate change

15 October 2018

 

The Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) has published a series of report cards explaining how some of the UK's most  important marine habitats and species are being affected by climate change, and how these impacts could be managed.  

 

It is well established that rising temperatures, ocean acidification, and sea-level rise are already affecting marine species and habitats but, until now, there has been little focus on management options to support climate change adaptation in the marine environment. There are seven cards in total, covering saline lagoons, saltmarsh, maerl, sandeels, horse mussels and seagrass. JNCC's experts contributed to the coral gardens report card.

 

JNCC are a member of the Working Group that brings together expertise from across marine and climate scientists to provide clear, evidence-based messages on the impacts of marine climate change to decision-makers and the public.