Impacts of climate change on coastal benthic ecosystems




Within ClimCARES we are developing an original strategy to assess potential risk of mortality outbreaks on the NW Mediterranean coastal areas. We are using a pluridisciplinary approach conducted at large geographic scale - the NWM - combining realistic numerical simulations on the expected warming by the end of the XXIst century which will coupled with the thermotolerance data (obtained from field observations, experimental aquarium set-up and bibliographic study). The approach adopted within ClimCARES can be readily applied to other biological processes potentially affected by the expected warming such as changes in phenology, productivity. We contend that the adoption of the approach developed within ClimCARES could be key for a comprehensive assessment on the climate change effects in the NW Mediterrranean.