Impacts of climate change on coastal benthic ecosystems



The main aim of ClimCARES is to investigate the potential impacts of climate change on Mediterranean marine biodiversity by developing warming scenarios by the end of XXIst century which will be coupled with the expected biological responses to temperature warming. More particularly the project will investigate the potential risks of mortality outbreaks in coastal ecosystems, with special emphasis on coralligenoius communities. We are using a pluridisciplinary approach conducted at large geographic scale - the NWM - combining numerical simulations, field observations and bibliographic study lead by specialists in the fields of modelisation, data analysis and conservation biology. The expected results will furnish precious data for the conservation of the rich marine Mediterranean biodiversity.

Figure 1. ClimCARES objectives and connection with other projects conducted by the MedRecover group.