A new EC study published: Seascape assessment

Published: Friday, 01 September 2023

Seascape assessment KL0923286ENN 1


The EU recognizes the urgency to implement transformative action towards more sustainable management of the ocean in line with SDG 14 ‘Life Below Water’ of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A key enabling factor to achieve this is missing in the ocean arena despite the recent advances in reshaping ocean governance through the UN High Seas Treaty (BBNJ) and the Global Biodiversity Framework under the Convention on Biological Diversity. Ocean science, data and information is not being transmitted to decision-makers effectively enough or regularly enough in a format that optimally serves evidence-based policies, in contrast with the more effective science-policy processes for climate and biodiversity.

Read more: A new EC study published: Seascape assessment

CCS July 2023 Newsletter published and ready for read!

Published: Monday, 17 July 2023

89 CCS July 2023

The Commission on Coastal Systems (CCS) to the International Geographical Union (IGU) is delighted to inspire you with July 2023 Newsletter: you can discover the latest news, CCS recent and upcoming activities, meetings and collaborations by following the CCS website: http://igu-coast.org/

The CCS Newsletter is issued twice a year and highlights the activities of the Commission on Coastal Systems and its members all across the world. If you would like to join CCS network, you only need to fill out the form at the end of the Newsletter or to get in contact with CCS!

Enjoy the content of CCS July 2023 Newsletter and participate by sharing information and disseminating it to your wide networks and interested readers. Please visit CCS website, join CCS coastal community, and share your exciting ideas and outcomes with CCS.

Commission on Coastal Systems, International Geographical Union

Copernicus EU: Global sea surface temperature reaches a record high

Published: Wednesday, 09 August 2023

Copernicus has recently announced that over the last four months, the globe as a whole has seen a long period of unusually high sea surface temperatures (SSTs). Global average SSTs remained at record high levels for the time of year throughout April, May and June 2023, a situation that has continued into July 2023, with the largest SST anomaly for any July on record.

Global average SSTs are typically at their highest in March. However, data from the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) have shown that, after an initial sharp rise in early March and a slight dip during April and May, SSTs have continued to rise to reach the highest value in the C3S ERA5 dataset, 20.96°C on 31 July. This is slightly above the previous record, from March 2016, of 20.95°C. As well as daily SSTs remaining consistently above average, this year has seen the largest SST anomaly by far for any July in the dataset. At 20.89°C, the monthly average SST was on par with March 2016 as the highest for all months in the ERA5 record. It was also by far the highest on record for July, with an anomaly of 0.51°C.

Black Sea Surface Temperature cumulative trend map from Observations Reprocessing show the highest intensity among all the other European Seas


The spatial pattern of the Black Sea SST trend reveals a general warming tendency, ranging from 0.053 °C/year to 0.080 °C/year. The spatial pattern of SST trend is rather homogeneous over the whole basin. Highest values characterize the eastern basin, where the trend reaches the extreme value, while lower values are found close to the western coasts, in correspondence of main rivers inflow. The Black Sea SST trend continues to show the highest intensity among all the other European Seas.


DOI (product): https://doi.org/10.48670/moi-00218


Published: Monday, 10 July 2023

Ocean Panel Blue Carbon Handbook

With the urgent need for accelerated climate action to halt the worst impacts of climate change, the world’s coastlines offer a natural solution in ‘blue carbon’ ecosystems that can have an immediate impact.

Blue carbon ecosystems such as mangrove forests, seagrass beds and tidal marshes are vital natural assets. Their importance in helping to mitigate climate change is, on its own, a strong argument for their active protection and conservation. Yet, these ecosystems also provide a myriad of other local and global benefits such as enhancing biodiversity, supporting the food and economic security of coastal communities, and buffering and protecting coasts from erosion and flooding, reinforcing their wider importance for sustainable development.

While global interest in blue carbon is rising, the full potential of this nature-based solution for delivering on the ambitions of the Paris Agreement, the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, and a sustainable ocean economy is not yet being realised. Meanwhile these ecosystems continue to be destroyed and degraded worldwide.


This Site Uses COOKIES! Read legal notice