Climate change already affecting UK waters, warn scientists

There is clear evidence that warming seas, reduced oxygen, ocean acidification and sea-level rise are already affecting UK coasts and seas, according to a report published today by the Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP).

The report, which had input from more than 150 scientists from around 50 research organisations, also found that oxygen concentrations in UK seas are projected to decline more than the global average, especially in the North Sea.

It says modelling suggests that climate-driven change in the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans could reduce the transfer of oceanic water to European shelf seas. “By the end of the century, this could make the North Sea more comparable to an enclosed estuary than an open-shelf sea”. 

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