Climate-Driven Range Shifts Within Benthic Habitats Across a Marine Biogeographic Transition Zone.

Mieszkowska, N; Sugden, H. 2016 Climate-Driven Range Shifts Within Benthic Habitats Across a Marine Biogeographic Transition Zone.. Advances in Ecological Research, 55. 325-369.

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Abstract/Summary

Anthropogenic climate change is causing unprecedented rapid responses in marine communities, with species across many different taxonomic groups showing faster shifts in biogeographic ranges than in any other ecosystem. Spatial and temporal trends for many marine species are difficult to quantify, however, due to the lack of long-term datasets across complete geographical distributions and the occurrence of small-scale variability from both natural and anthropogenic drivers. Understanding these changes requires a multidisciplinary approach to bring together patterns identified within long-term datasets and the processes driving those patterns using biologically relevant mechanistic information to accurately attribute cause and effect. This must include likely future biological responses, and detection of the underlying mechanisms in order to scale up from the organismal level to determine how communities and ecosystems are likely to respond across a range of future climate change scenarios. Using this multidisciplinary approach will improve the use of robust science to inform the development of fit-for-purpose policy to effectively manage marine environments in this rapidly changing world.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Additional Keywords: Climate change, Biogeography, Time series
Subjects: Biology
Data and Information
Ecology and Environment
Marine Sciences
Divisions: Marine Biological Association of the UK > Ecosystems and Environmental Change > Marine Biodiversity and Climate Change
Depositing User: Dr Nova Mieszkowska
Date made live: 19 Sep 2016 11:13
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2017 10:26
URI: http://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/7168

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