Impacts on Marine Species and Ecosystems
Warming sea temperatures and changing ocean chemistry triggered by climate change are likely to impact marine environments in the following ways:
- Ocean acidification causes coral bleaching and loss of coral habitats for coral-associated species.
- Ocean acidification will impair many shell building organisms.
- Disruptions in marine food chain causing marine extinctions.
- Loss of important coastal nursery areas/habitats (i.e., mangroves, salt marsh).