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23 Jun 2015

ESF presents position paper on effects of climate change on oceans

The European Science Foundation (ESF) has published a position paper on "Sailing through Changing Oceans: Ocean and Polar Life and Environmental Sciences on a Warming Planet". The paper analyses long-term, mid-term and short-term climatic changes and associates a number of key processes and impacts from Antarctica to the Arctic via the Atlantic, which highly affect ecosystems and need to be carefully addressed in the future.

This position paper originated from a meeting organised under the auspices of the ESF’s Standing Committee for Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences (LEE (formerly LESC)) - now the Scientific Review Group for Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SRG-LEE). It identifies the key and most pressing priorities for future research in this field, but also analyses the recommendations made by international organisations and scientific clusters during the development of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme. Topics include long-term climatic changes, super warm interglacials, abrupt climate changes, sea level rise, stability of ice sheets, marine inter-hemispheric tele-connections and oscillations and effects on the oxygenation level.

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European Science Foundation - News

Sailing through Changing Oceans (download pdf)

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