The ocean is an increasingly important source of protein for a growing human population, but at the same time under constant pressure from climate change, pollution and fisheries activities. In this course it will be discussed how the ocean and the organisms living in it are affected by these factors, focusing on how ocean warming and acidification, pollution and fisheries influence the future productivity of the ocean. The course objectives are to:
- Summarize the recent IPCC-report and how it describes the consequences for marine ecosystems under the predicted climate change.
- Discuss how climate change will affect the productivity of the ocean, and the production chains we depend upon for fisheries and aquaculture.
- Develop an understanding of how climate change and human activities influence fundamental processes in marine organisms and ecosystem functioning from microbes to fish.