Marine Vulnerability under Climate Change

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Implications of Future Climate for Victoria's Marine Environment

The Victorian marine environment is a significant natural resource that has important intrinsic environmental value and provides a wide range of benefits and important ecosystem services to Victorians.

The changing climate has the potential to significantly affect Victoria's marine environment and there is evidence that some changes are occurring already. This report consolidates existing scientific literature about the physicochemical changes currently predicted to occur across Victoria's marine environment by 2030, 2070 and 2100, drawing on existing modelling and scientific literature.

Subsequent chapters predict the likely vulnerability of some of Victoria's key marine habitats and species to these physicochemical changes, drawing on existing scientific literature and expert judgement.

  • Introduction: Implications of Future Climate for Victoria's Marine Environment: (Klemke J. & Arundel H., ed)
  • Chapter 1: "Implications of Future Climate for Physiochemical Conditions" by Rianda Mills, Tim Womersley and Alistair Hobday,
  • Chapter 2: "Implications of Future Climate for Seagrass and Soft Sediments" by Liz Morris.
  • Chapter 3: "Implications of Future Climate for Rocky Reefs" by Alecia Bellgrove, Jessica McKenzie and Hayley Cameron.
  • Chapter 4: "Implications of Future Climate for Marine Mammals" by Peter Gill and Rebecca Pirzl.
  • Chapter 5: "Implications of Future Climate for Marine Fish" by Alastair Hirst and Paul Hamer.