Researchers are predicting that north east Atlantic coastal areas, including in the UK, may be drastically changed as a result of climate change and human activity. Kelp forests, which support marine life such as cod and scallops, and are substantial carbon sinks, are increasingly stressed because of climate change and practices such as dredging. As native species decline, invasive species are already being observed, which could result in significant losses for local biodiversity.
- Climate News Network: Coastal warning for vital Atlantic habitats
- Ecology and Evolution: The future of the northeast Atlantic benthic flora in a high CO2 world