Climate driven regime shift of a temperate marine ecosystem

Wernberg, T; Bennett, S; Babcock, RC; de Bettignies, T; Cure, K; Depczynski, M; Dufois, F; Fromont, J; Fulton, CJ; Hovey, RK; Harvey, ES; Holmes, TH; Kendrick, GA; Radford, B; Santana-Garcon, J; Saunders, BJ; Smale, DA; Thomsen, MS; Tuckett, CA; Tuya, F; Vanderklift, MA; Wilson, SK. 2016 Climate driven regime shift of a temperate marine ecosystem. Science, 353 (6295). 169-172. 10.1126/science.aad8745

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Abstract/Summary

Ecosystem reconfigurations arising from climate-driven changes in species distributions are expected to have profound ecological, social, and economic implications. Here we reveal a rapid climate-driven regime shift of Australian temperate reef communities, which lost their defining kelp forests and became dominated by persistent seaweed turfs. After decades of ocean warming, extreme marine heat waves forced a 100-kilometer range contraction of extensive kelp forests and saw temperate species replaced by seaweeds, invertebrates, corals, and fishes characteristic of subtropical and tropical waters. This community-wide tropicalization fundamentally altered key ecological processes, suppressing the recovery of kelp forests.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Divisions: Marine Biological Association of the UK > Ecosystems and Environmental Change > Global environmental change and marine ecosystems
Depositing User: Dr Dan Smale
Date made live: 17 Aug 2016 10:35
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2017 16:16
URI: http://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/7116

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