Ocean Sciences and Aquatic Climate Change Adaptation
Ocean scientists at Fisheries and Oceans Canada undertake research and monitoring to provide advice on Canada's fisheries management, marine protected areas, species at risk, small craft harbours and maritime safety and security.
Aquatic issues related to climate change, such as ecosystem shifts, ocean acidification, hypoxia (low oxygen), changes to ocean currents, sea ice variability and other factors impact fisheries resources. Rising sea levels, severe storms, inundations and erosion that threaten coastal communities and coastal infrastructure concern researchers. A five year science program is underway to assess climate change impacts as emerging risks or opportunities, and to devise tools and technologies to help the Department adapt appropriately.
Earlier research on climate change themes:
- Climate Change Science Initiative (2009-2010)
- Ecosystem Research Initiatives (2007-2010)
- International Polar Year (2007-2008)
- Predictions and scenarios
- Impacts of emerging climate issues
Fisheries and Oceans Canada is an important contributor to national and international oceanographic programs that provide data on global ocean processes for use in scenarios and climate models for risk management and advice on fisheries resources.
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