Climate change impact review for BlueFish project

Preparing a report for the Marine Institute on climate change impacts on marine ecosystem services

ABPmer was commissioned by the Marine Institute as part of a successful consortium to prepare a report on climate change impacts on marine ecosystem services as part of the BlueFish Project.

BlueFish aims to improve understanding of the marine resources of the Irish Sea and Celtic Seas by addressing knowledge gaps concerning the potential impacts of climate change on the ecosystem goods and services, and estimates of the economic cost of these impacts. A key focus of the Marine Institute is developing materials to communicate the impacts from climate change and promote cross border collaboration and community engagement in Ireland and Wales.

This work was concerned with how the ecosystem goods and services of the Irish and Celtic Seas, would be affected under different climate change scenarios and related climate adaptation policies.

Available datasets relevant to the Ireland-Wales Programme area of the Irish and Celtic Seas were further interrogated to provide plausible scenario modelling and this analysis will be used to develop infographic material for the Marine Institute’s BlueFish portfolio. The current portfolio of graphic design and artwork is key in presenting complex concepts and scenarios to stakeholders, policy makers and to the wider community by linking art and science to demystify the potential economic impacts of climate change on coastal communities.

ABPmer supports policy-makers, regulators and the fisheries and aquaculture industry on marine environmental policy matters, assessment and management, including interactions between fisheries, marine protected areas (MPAs) and other marine developments.

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