The Marine Biological Association maintains some of the longest biological time-series in the world. The Marine Biodiversity and Climate Change Project, MarClim® which was consortium funded from 2001-2005 restarted and maintained several UK rocky intertidal time-series dating back to the 1950s. This project has demonstrated some of the fastest biogeographic changes globally, far exceeding most documented in terrestrial systems (see publications page for details). The UK time-series continues annually at around 150 shores and is supported by funding from Natural Resouces Wales and Natural England. The MarClim® field team include Prof. Steve Hawkins (University of Southampton), Dr Heather Sugden (University of Newcastle), Dr Louise Firth (University of Plymouth) and Leoni Adams.

The geographic coverage has been expanded to include large sections of the European coastline. Resurveys of Crisp & Fischer-Pietteïs 1950s historical sites have been carried out in France and Portugal, along with additional new sites in Norway. The time-series data is supporting ongoing collaborative modelling work with Prof. Brian Hemuth (USC), Dr. Mike Burrows (SAMS) and Dr Elvira Poloczanska (CSIRO).

Impact Statement

MarClim® project time-series data contributes to national monitoring

Long-term ecological research of UK coast species quantifies effects of climate change on species range distributions and informs national monitoring.