Climate Change

Impact on our oceans 

Climate change is a major threat to life in the oceans. The oceans are vast, covering over 70% of the world’s surface, and the effects of climate change will be large and long-lasting. Even if we were stop all greenhouse gas emissions now, sea-levels would continue to rise for centuries to come.

Bleached coral The original uploader was Elapied at French Wikipedia.CC BY-SA 2.0 FR

The oceans are a gigantic store of heat and carbon. They have absorbed more than 90% of the additional heat and 30% of the extra carbon dioxide caused by human activities. As the seas and the atmosphere warm up, there are big risks to the oceans including melting of polar ice sheets, ocean acidification, loss of habitats including coral reefs and mangroves and rises in sea levels.

On this page we will look at some of the ways Climate Change is affecting our life in our seas and what projects are underway to try to help in this critical decade. This page will be updated with new blogs over the coming months.

Written by Dr Diana Wilkins, former Climate Scientist and Volunteer for the Booth Museum of Natural History

Diatoms: Hidden Climate Heroes

Written by Amy Charlton, Volunteer, Booth Museum of Natural History Diatoms are single-celled microscopic algae found in marine and freshwater ...
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Kittiwakes at Seaford Head in a changing climate

Kittiwakes at Seaford Head in a changing climate

Edward Thomas Booth notes in his catalogue from June, 1867 that kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla) are common. They are currently the ...
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Kitchen ocean science

Kitchen ocean science

It's not just plastics that are a threat to our  Oceans... As part of the water cycle, our oceans regulate ...
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Help our Kelp!

Help our Kelp!

Sussex Wildlife Trust talk to us about the latest updates of their HelpOurKelp campaign, why kelp is important and  what ...
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Ocean Warming Carl Lundin & Dan Laffolley, IUCN, 2016

Global Warming of 1.5 C IPCC, 2018

Climate Conversations  is Royal Pavilion & Museums blog series on Climate Change and what we can do about it.

 

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