Marine scientists at the University of Plymouth have contributed to a major national project designed to highlight how some of the UK’s most important marine habitats and species are being affected by climate change.
The initiative, by the Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP), aims to show how the effects of rising temperatures, ocean acidification and sea-level rise can be managed in the future.
It has drawn together leading experts from academia and conservation agencies to produce a series of report cards, focusing on seven areas known to be vulnerable to climate change.
Professor of Marine Biology Jason Hall-Spencer was contacted by MCCIP having led related research in both UK and international waters.
He was among the contributors to a report highlighting the state of the UK’s maerl beds and, along with former PhD student Laura Pettit, worked on a report examining the threats posed to coral gardens.