The researchers have developed a new model of ocean health that they say can be used to predict how the marine environment will respond to changes in the ocean climate.
The model, which they describe as a ‘sustainability model’, can predict how marine ecosystems will respond in the event of climate change.
It was developed by scientists from the Universities of Leicester, Warwick and Bristol, as part of a new research programme led by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) of the Department of Environment and Climate Change at the University of Leicester.
Professor Jonathan Burdett, from the University’s Department of Marine Science, said the model was able to give a clear picture of how a changing climate is affecting marine life.
“We were able to build a new version of the marine life model that we can use to predict the response of marine ecosystems to climate change,” Professor Burdetts said.
This model can predict the health of marine systems as they respond to a changing environment.
For instance, when climate change occurs, ocean currents will shift, and the salt water and nutrient content in the oceans will become less stable, leading to higher levels of nutrient pollution.
As this happens, the animals that rely on these nutrient rich ecosystems will go under stress, causing them to decrease in size.
In addition, as the food supply and habitat are reduced, the population will decrease, leading some animals to become extinct.
With this model in place, the scientists predict that by 2050, the UK will lose around 1,300 species of marine life, including hundreds of species of corals, bluegill, white-spot coral, and cephalopods.
These species are important to the UK’s economy and the environment, but are increasingly threatened by the global ocean warming we are witnessing, Professor Beddett said.
“These animals need to survive in the future.
This is a time when we are facing a potential sea-level rise of up to 40 metres, which will have a devastating effect on the lives of these animals.”
The model has been developed by Dr. Matthew O’Brien, from Warwick’s Department for Marine Science.
Dr. O’Connor, from UCL, said that marine ecosystems have been adapted to deal with the impacts of climate changes, such as ocean acidification.
“They’ve adapted by changing their structure to survive the effects of climate.”
The model we have developed will provide a new way to understand how our oceans are responding to climate impacts.
“The research was published in the journal Scientific Reports.