A new model has projected that current trends in climate change could place over 50% of North
Atlantic cold-water coral habitat at risk, while suitable habitats for commercially important deep-sea
fish could shift by up to 1000 km northwards. These effects could have far-reaching impacts on the
ocean, including significant loss of suitable habitats for deep-sea species, which will in turn affect
economies and communities reliant on fish stocks.
The model, published in the journal Global Change Biology, was developed by researchers as part of
the EU-funded ATLAS and SponGES projects, which aim to advance understanding of deep Atlantic
ecosystems and support greater ocean governance and management.
New Climate Model Projects Major Impacts on Coral and Commercially Important Fish Habitats in the Deep Atlantic due to Climate Change