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Venice Lagoon research indicates rapid climate change in coastal regions.

…sea surface temperature (SST) in coastal regions is rising as much as ten times faster than the global average of 0.13 degrees per decade.

Measurements taken in coastal areas near large cities indicate that these urban “heat islands” may be contributing to Sea Surface Temperature increases above the global average.

[In the UK] the air temperature in the capital and the SST of the Thames is always warmer than it is in the rest of the UK. Similarly, in South Korea, an area which has seen rapid industrial expansion, the SST is rising at a rate of 0.26 degrees per decade — significantly higher than the global average.

Coastal zones are almost a fifth of the world’s landmass, and home to 1.6 billion people.  Coastal population density is 3 times higher than the world average, and continually increasing.  Research indicates that this high level of human activity in the coastal zones heats the adjacent waters.

[and ] this contribution to global warming at the coastal zones is equal to, or greater than, other factors such as greenhouse gasses.

How will this impact coastal fisheries?  What coastal infrastructure is vulnerable due to the warming?  And, can or will we do anything about it?

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