Changing coasts

Rationale

Environmental change is real and measurable: temperature, oxygenation and ocean acidification impact how marine ecosystems work and the extraction of marine resources and the introduction of non-native species, man-made structures (coastal defences, harbours, oil and gas platforms, renewable energy devices) and pollutants further change the system. These changes are most tangible - and affect society most - in coastal areas.

 

Our expertise

Since the 1970s we have been studying the fundamentals of changing physics, chemistry and biology of marine systems and increasingly contribute to scientific predications of future scenarios. We have expertise in monitoring the consequences for climate change in marine ecosystems with international leadership in the North Atlantic and Arctic, through to local Scottish coastal systems.