SAIAB News » Detailed report on Climate Change produced by SAEON & SAIAB
The South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) was approached by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) to coordinate the marine component of South Africa’s Second National Communication under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which was published in 2010.
The second communication, is an integrated, relatively short document that provides an overview of climate change and its implications for South Africa. To provide the reader with the detail behind the marine component in the second communication, a comprehensive synthesis of the current knowledge of climate change impacts on the South African estuarine, coastal and marine environment was produced. The outcome is a detailed report edited by Nicola James (SAIAB) and Juliet Hermes (SAEON) entitled: Insights into impacts of climate change on the South African marine and coastal environment, which was produced by 19 authors from 12 institutions. Climate impacts were assessed by (1) reviewing the scientific literature on climate change impacts on South African marine life and ecosystems in the context of known impacts elsewhere in the world, (2) summarizing the key trends, impacts and vulnerabilities of ecosystems and marine life to climate change and (3) assessing knowledge gaps and the research and resources needed to better assess possible impacts.
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