QUEST-FISH will focus on investigating how climate change would affect the potential production for global fisheries resources in the future, compared to past and present scenarios, in the absence of exploitation.
This approach removes uncertainties as to what exploitation regulations will be implemented in coming decades, and focuses on the added impacts that climate change is likely to cause, and on the subsequent additional risks and vulnerabilities to human societies.
The key aim of QUEST-GSI is to better quantify the impacts of climate change in a consistent way across the entire globe, and for a range of sectors such as: water resources, flooding, crops and human health.
The project is part of Theme 3 of the NERC funded QUEST programme.
Climate change impacts studies to date typically consider particular regions and sectors and use a wide range of socio-economic and climate scenarios. This makes it difficult to assess impacts at the global scale and to compare impacts for different socio-economic and climate futures. Furthermore it makes it difficult to assess the effectiveness of proposed policy measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and so reduce the impacts of climate change.