• Irish Ocean Climate and Ecosystem Status Report 2009

      Nolan, G (ed); Gillooly, M (ed); Whelan, K (ed) (Marine Institute, 2010)
      This report presents the results from the most comprehensive analysis to date of marine climate change in Irish waters. Using a variety of available datasets from Ireland and elsewhere, the status of Ireland's marine climate is described. These data sets are collected over varying time scales. The longest datasets extend back to the late 1950s while others have been initiated in the past 5-10 years. In some cases data have been put in a wider context by comparison with international data such as the HADSST sea surface temperature analysis and the Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) survey conducted by the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS). While the analysis to date has been considerable the brevity of some of the time series means that in 2009 we are relatively poorly equipped to make conclusions as to how climate change will affect Irish waters. This report describes key regulators of ocean climate around Ireland and examines relevant environmental datasets available in 2009. It therefore represents the current status of knowledge regarding the influence of climate on Ireland’s marine ecosystems and resources.