Marine climate change impacts on society
Since 2006 the society theme has covered topics related to both cleanliness and safety of the marine and coastal environment (flooding, nutrient enrichment, harmful algal blooms (HABs), pollution and human health), as well as commercial productivity (coastal and offshore built structures, tourism, fisheries, aquaculture and ports and shipping).
Key highlights are presented for fisheries, human health and coastal flooding. Coastal flooding and fisheries have been selected because of the continuing high level of political interest. Human health is an emerging area of concern but has received less attention to date. In 2006 human health was not specifically considered in its own right; HABs were reported in 2006 while marine pathogens were added in 2010-11.