FLAME is a UN Ocean Decade Action within the CoastPredict Programme. It acts as an international coordinator and focal point for understanding the impacts of future climate change in the global coastal ocean.
Whilst climate change is increasingly better understood and modelled on global scales, climate impacts are most acutely felt across the coastal ocean, where rapidly expanding human populations are reliant upon coastal ecosystem resources and services and where they are most vulnerable to coastal hazards. Reliably projecting future change in the coastal ocean however, where the land, ocean and human populations are intimately connected, is challenging.
FLAME is a framework within which the research community can work together to improve high-resolution projections of the global coastal oceans responses to future climate, on decadal to centennial scales, and strengthen understanding of the impacts that this will have on coastal ecosystems, hazards and services.