Climate change is modifying the Cantabrian Sea. Surface water temperature in summer has increased by around 1 ºC over three decades: it has risen from 20.8 ºC to 21.7 ºC between 1980 and 2008. However, in addition to temperature, other factors associated with climate change are acting on the Cantabrian coast. The gradual increase in solar radiation, particularly over the past two decades, as well as a reduction in nutrients in the coastal waters are also decisive factors in the decline of key species in our sea. The drastic reduction of red algae Gelidium corneum meadows on the Basque coast is particularly noteworthy.
What do changes in seagrass tell us about climate change? What biological, ecological and socio-economic consequences will these alterations have? José María Gorostiaga, Professor of Botany at UPV/EHU, will address these questions in a talk entitled ‘Cantabrian Algae: Sentinels of Climate Change’. This conference will take place on 4 March at 7 pm in AlhóndigaBilbao and it will be in Spanish.
Zientziateka is a monthly initiative organised by the Chair of Scientific Culture of the UPV/EHU and AlhóndigaBilbao to raise awareness of current scientific matters.
Tickets should be collected from the AlhóndigaBilbao Information Point. Free entry will be subject to available seating.