Published on 1 June 2022
These visualisations, based on data produced by the Copernicus Marine Service (CMEMS), show the Sea Surface Temperature (SST) forecasts for 1 June 2021 (left) and 1 June 2022 (right). The visual on the right shows that the SST in some areas of the Mediterranean Sea should reach approximately 25°C, an unusually high value for this time of the year.
One of the warmest areas is the Ligurian Sea, between the Italian North-Western coast and Corsica, where the Sea Surface Temperature exceeded 23°C on 28 May 2022, reaching values typical of the mid-summer period. According to local biologists, the above-average temperatures have already significantly affected marine ecosystems, and the consequences are visible in local fishery activities, as larger-than-average anchovies are already being caught.
The Copernicus Marine Service provides open data and services on marine ecosystems, key to the monitoring of the marine environment, and enabling to monitor the implementation of marine-related policies.