delware environmental institute

Oceans Day: UD researchers highlight oceans at UN climate negotiations

Oceans Day: UD researchers highlight oceans at UN climate negotiations

Oceans play a central role in climate--generating oxygen, absorbing carbon dioxide and regulating climate and temperature. However, climate change is predicted to have adverse impacts on ocean resources and coastal communities, including ocean warming, sea-level rise and extreme weather events.

Coastal countries and small islands in particular stand to experience irreversible damage with severe socioeconomic implications. 

Delegates from around the world gathered in Durban, South Africa, earlier this month to work towards a global consensus to address climate change, and University of Delaware researchers played a lead role in discussions on the importance of oceans in climate issues.