Study of the impact of Climate Change on marine ecosystems
A research group from UIB has experience in the analysis of the changes observed in the physical marine environment during the last decades as well as in obtaining regional marine climate projections for the future.
Physical parameters such as temperature and salinity are crucial for all marine ecosystems: to mention just a few examples that are very relevant for the Balearic Islands, the evolution of Posidonia meadows and the fishery resources depend on how these physical parameters will change in the future.
This research group has the capacity to supply:
- Time series showing the evolution of temperature, salinity and other relevant physical parameters observed during the last decades in southern European seas (e.g. in those that surround the Iberian peninsula and the Balearic and Canary Islands).
- Projections of the evolution of these parameters along the 21st century under different scenarios of greenhouse gases emissions.
- Advice on the impact that climate change will have on marine ecosystems.
The research group, composed mainly of physicists, is part of IMEDEA. They collaborate effectively with other scientists from that Institute and from the Spanish Institute of Oceanography that have a long expertise on the study of marine ecosystems. At the request of AEMET (the Spanish Met Office) and the Spanish Holding of Harbours the team has generated a set of marine climatic scenarios for all the Spanish coasts.