Climate Change and Marine Diseases: The Socio-Economic Impact

Author: Kershaw, F.
Date Published: January 2009
Climate Change and Marine Diseases: The Socio-Economic Impact

Diseases in the marine environment are integral to the regulation of marine ecosystems. However, in recent decades, unprecedented disease outbreaks have brought into focus the implications of human impacts upon marine disease. Climate change acts in synergy with other anthropogenic factors, such as pollution and over-exploitation, to drive changes in disease dynamics with important socio-economic consequences.

Climate Change and Marine Diseases: The Socio-Economic Impact reviews this emerging field of research and presents case studies illustrating how the impact of climate change on marine disease has significant implications for human health, food security and business sustainability. A number of key recommendations are presented on how best to move forward in terms of unraveling the processes behind marine diseases and to integrate this knowledge into the wider policy realm.

This information paper represents the initial stage of UNEP-WCMC’s work on marine diseases and we are currently looking for partners and funding to take this forward as a comprehensive review. We would welcome any feedback and suggestions you may have.