Ocean, Climate Change, and Acidification
Coordinator: Roberta GUERRA
Coordinator: Isabel TORRES DE NORONHA
WG Leaders: Dr. Roberta Guerra & Dr. Isabel Torres de Noronha
The increase of greenhouse gas emissions, most notably CO2, has major impacts on the ocean, which will intensify in the coming decades warming, acidification, and sea level rise. These impacts add to the threats posed by the diversification and intensification of human activities which have placed the ocean on an unsustainable pathway. Food security, livelihoods and the living conditions of billions of people are therefore at risk, posing significant challenges for the scientific community that has to inform decision-making processes with proposals that could likely “avoid the unmanageable” and “manage the unavoidable.” Against this background, this working group aims at discussing these key challenges by highlighting options for mitigating the effects of climate change and acidification on the ocean, and adapting to their impacts. Issues related to, for example, the identification of climate change and ocean acidification impacts on marine ecosystems and associated human activities (fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, etc.), the role of marine and coastal ecosystems as carbon sinks (so-called “blue carbon“), the development of robust adaptation measures and the ways to build bridges between the ocean scientific and policy communities are topics of great interest.
|Portugal||Leitão||Francisco Miguel de Sousa|
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