Marine ecosystem, marine biodiversity and maritime activities in the Mediterranean Sea in the context of climate change

Conveners: Alexandra Gogou (HCMR, Anavyssos, Greece, Xavier de Madron (University of Perpignan, Perpignan, France)

The Mediterranean is a semi-enclosed sea which presents a notable modification of its characteristics - temperature, salinity, biogeochemistry, biodiversity, habitats and ecosystem functioning - due to an increase in anthropic pressures and climate change. This session is dedicated to the presentation of case studies on the observed and anticipated effects on marine ecosystems associated to maritime activities and climate change, such as pollution, sea-level rise, ocean warming and acidification, water column stratification and the concomitant changes in biogeochemical cycles, overexploitation of the resources and alien species invasions. Past, present and future scenarios will be considered and a definition of the needs and gaps in terms of observations and prediction tools is desired.