Roberto Danovaro

The Vulnerability of Marine Ecosystems. Focus on the Mediterranean

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Keywords: Climate Change; Marine Ecosystems; Mediterranean Sea.

The impact of global climate change is increasingly evident in all marine ecosystems on Earth, but its effects can change considerably at the regional scale. The Mediterranean Sea is a miniature, semi-enclosed warm-temperate basin characterized by lower average depth and very high marine biodiversity. This basin and particularly the Adriatic Sea are undergoing major changes in the physico-chemical conditions, which are altering its biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, with important implications on the provision of goods and services. Several coastal and deep-sea habitats are extremely vulnerable to such changes and immediate measures are needed to protect and enhance the ability of these systems to adapt to climate change impacts.

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